Originally created 06/16/04

Chipper Jones back at third base against Royals

ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones moved back to the infield, as expected. His position was the surprise.

Braves manager Bobby Cox put Jones at third base for Tuesday night's game against the Kansas City Royals, replacing Mark DeRosa.

Jones had been taking grounders at first in the past few weeks and was expected to play there since an injured right hamstring limited his mobility in left field.

Instead, the 1999 NL MVP was back at third. Jones wasn't immediately available for comment, and DeRosa pleasantly deferred until later.

"You don't want to talk to me right now," DeRosa said. "I've got to get my bearings."

Jones, an everyday third baseman from 1995-01, has also played 48 games at shortstop during his 11-year career - but none since 2000. He was on the disabled list from April 26-May 7 with a pulled hamstring, then injured it again earlier this month against Montreal.

Since then, Jones only returned to the lineup as a designated hitter when the Braves visited AL teams during interleague play.


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