Chipper’s has Torn ACL, Career Possibly Over

790 the Zone’s Chris Domingo is reporting that Braves third baseman Chipper Jones has stretched and torn his ACL which would likely end the season and possibly the career of the Atlanta 3rd baseman.

The Braves do have depth at the position with baseball’s best utility man in Omar Infante and Brave 2nd baseman Martin Prado days away from coming off the DL.  

Many fans are also hoping that the team will soon call up minor league first base star Freddie Freeman.  However,  according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution‘s Dave O’Brien who has spoke with Manager Bobby Cox, the team will not call up Freeman at this time..  It had been speculated that the team could call up Freeman to play first and move Glaus over the third.  However, according to Cox the team is looking for an infielder.

The loss of Chipper is without question a devastating loss for a team that is trying to make a run at a World Series crown in Bobby Cox’s final season.  Hopefully leaders like Tim Hudson, Eric Hinske, and Brian McCann can carry this team the rest of the way.


UPDATE: Dave O’Brien also has a story here.


9 Responses to “Chipper’s has Torn ACL, Career Possibly Over”

  1. 1 Luke Goddard August 12, 2010 at 11:54 am

    It’s certainly a tough loss, if the reports end up being accurate. While I’m usually the optimistic Braves fan, losing our 3-hole hitter, undoubtedly, hurts our chances in making to the playoffs.

    Can it be done? Of course.

    But, in my opinion, it’s gonna take Martin moving to 3B (much better at the position than Infante) and Infante playing everyday at 2B, which may not be a bad thing for the Braves. Most bench guys struggle when given the opportunity for an everyday position (see Brooks Conrad- everytime he starts, he sucks it up), but I can see a guy like Infante truly taking the opportunity in and making the best of it. He’s an above average 2B defensively, and we all know what he can do with the bat. However, he’s certainly no 3-hole hitter. And the team knows that.


    Maybe this gives Heyward his debut at his rightful place– as the future Atlanta Brave 3 hole hitter.

    The line-up should read like this:

    Against Righties:

    Prado, 3B
    Infante, 2B
    Heyward, RF
    McCann, C
    Hinske, LF
    Glaus, 1B
    Ankiel, CF
    Gonzalez, SS
    Hudson, P

    Against Lefties:

    Prado, 3B
    Infante, 2B
    Heyward, RF
    Diaz, LF
    McCann, C
    Glaus, 1B
    Gonzalez, SS
    Ankiel, CF
    Hudson, P

    Thoughts anyone?

  2. 3 Corbindawg August 12, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Luckily the Braves have the depth of quality reserves to weather this storm. And while Chipper has heated up since the Break, he hasn’t been terriblely effective this season. His average and power numbers are where they were last year.

    I think the team will be ok on the field. They will lose a clubhouse leader and the heart and sould of the team.

    I have dogged on Chipper a lot, and I think rightfully so, but I feel bad about it. I think this has to be it, since he was close to retiring earlier and has indicated this could be his last year. Having to go through all the rehab just to come back for anohter year or two doesn’t seem plausible.

    He didn’t deserve to have his career ended like this, and he and the Atlanta fans deserved to see him off one last time.

  3. 4 Adam Vance August 12, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I like that Chris Mandingo. He’s the best~!!!!

  4. 5 Adam Vance August 12, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Chipper will tape it up and play. Then retire. That’s the only way to go out. He can’t tear it any more than it’s already torn so play on.

  5. 6 Luke Goddard August 12, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Chipper will get a second opinion and go from there. He has already told DOB that he will go through rehab, if it’s simply sprained.

    Actually, the doctor never used the words, “tear” or “torn.” He said, he “stretched it really bad and has no lateral stability.” But yeah, that’s pretty much the same thing and just as bad.

    Adam, we definitely won’t see Chipper any more on the field this season.

    Corbindawg, you’re right. It’s possibly the last time we’ll ever see him on the field.

    Sad stuff…

    I just hope he waits until after the season to announce retirement. I’d hate to see that announcement act as a “Debbie Downer” and put water on the fire.

  6. 7 Reptillicide August 12, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    We’re screwed. No way around it. Without Chipper we have no shot at the world series. We needed his bat and his leadership. We don’t have anybody that can replace him. Prado can play 3rd, but them you lose him at 2nd. Omar is good, but he’s not Prado or Chipper. Glaus can’t play third, so we can’t shift him over to make room for Freeman at 1st. Can’t make any trades now. Like him or not, we needed Chipper healthy and hitting to make it to October, and we won’t have him. Sadly, it looks like it’s over for us.

  7. 8 Dawgfan17 August 12, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    I hate it for Chipper but this is not the same blow to the team it would have been several years ago. He has not been better than an average player for a few years now. I would be much more worried if it was Heyward or one of the starting pitchers.

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