By Jim Pratt
Not expected to return to the Atlanta Braves lineup until the home opener on April 13, Jones was able to convince the coaching staff over the past few days that he was healthy enough for game action.
Chipper, who will play the majority of the season at 40 years old, was activated from the disabled list prior to Tuesday’s game against the Houston Astros after spending the last couple weeks recovering from arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.
Regardless of whether his early return was due to a quick recovery or the fact the Braves have struggled to a 0-4 start to the season, the return was welcomed not only in the lineup but also defensively at third base. Especially after his newly acquired replacement, Juan Francisco, committed a career-high three errors in Monday’s game.
Chipper made his presence with the glove felt immediately with his classic barehanded pick-up of Jordan Schafer’s first inning bunt for the first out of the game. He later s...