Originally created 04/27/04

Braves put Chipper on DL

SAN FRANCISCO - The Atlanta Braves placed outfielder Chipper Jones on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a strained right hamstring, the star's first stint on the DL since 1996.

The move is retroactive to April 19, and Atlanta recalled infielder Mike Hessman from Triple-A Richmond to take Jones' roster spot.

Jones re-injured his hamstring in a 3-2 win over the Florida Marlins on April 18 while trying to chase down a fly ball in the left-center gap. He had to be taken off the field on a cart. He originally hurt the hamstring April 11 against the Chicago Cubs and missed two games.

The Braves needed another healthy player because outfielder Eli Marrero has the flu and first baseman Julio Franco is already on the disabled list. Franco didn't make the trip because he's fighting an inner-ear infection and was going to see a specialist in South Florida before rejoining the club.

"I'm the odd man out," Jones said before the Braves began a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants. "It's unfortunate. While I could help the team off the bench, I don't know if I could start by the end of the trip. We needed a warm body. It seemed like the best thing to do."

The 32-year-old Jones is on the DL for the first time since March 22-April 6, 1996, when he had a bone chip removed from his right knee.

He is batting .314 with three home runs and six RBI. Placing Jones on the DL wasn't an easy option for manager Bobby Cox.

"With all the other guys not available, it puts pressure on me to play him, put him in there," Cox said. "The easiest way to do it is bring somebody else up so I don't have to do it."

Jones has taken batting practice the last few days and felt fine. He ran Sunday, but said he "can't push it more than a controlled jog."


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