Chipper Jones 'pleased' with knee after batting practice

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Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones reported no problems with his surgically repaired left knee after taking batting practice on Tuesday.

Jones, who is on the 15-day disabled list following arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus, estimated he took “50 to 60” swings before the Braves played their minor league All-Stars in an exhibition.

“I couldn’t be happier,” he said. “I was pleased with the way the ball came off the bat. I was staying inside the ball and hitting to all fields and had no pain. So that’s the most important thing.”

Jones, who turns 40 later this month, still hopes to return for Atlanta’s home opener April 13 against Milwaukee.

• The Braves have signed reliever Chad Durbin to a one-year contract.

Durbin went 2-2 with a 5.53 ERA in 56 appearances last year with Cleveland.

INDIANS: Cleveland Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez is appealing his five-game suspension.

Jimenez has requested an appeal of his ban for intentionally throwing at Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki during a spring training game on Sunday.

RED SOX: Closer Andrew Bailey will have surgery on his right thumb that could sideline him for a significant portion of the season.

NATIONALS: Optioned left-hander John Lannan to Triple-A Syracuse and are shifting lefty Ross Detwiler from the bullpen to the starting rotation.


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