- Adam Rubin, ESPNNewYork.com
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Chipper Jones, originally due to bat cleanup for the Braves on Friday night, has been scratched with back tightness.
David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Jones' Manhattan hotel room bed prompted spasms. Juan Francisco will replace Jones at third base.
Jones had tweeted during Thursday's off-day in New York: "The movie channels dont work and the beds make my back spasm up! Am i complaining too much? Im sorry, gotta vent to someone. Love yall!!!"
Tweeted O'Brien pregame Friday: "Not the first time the beds in this NYC hotel have left #Braves Chipper Jones with sore back or spasms. Seems almost annual thing." "Chipper hopes to play tomorrow. By the way, he said he didn't let hotel employee in his room who came up after he tweeted yesterday." "Chipper said might be time for him to stay someplace else in NYC, saying he couldn't order room service here now anyway after tweets."
Meanwhile, O'Brien adds, catcher Brian McCann received a cortisone shot Tuesday for a sore shoulder. David Ross starts at catcher for the Braves on Friday night.
Chipper Jones, originally due to bat cleanup for the Braves on Friday night, has been scratched with back tightness. Chipper Jones #10 3BAtlanta Braves 2012 STATS GM71 HR10 RBI48 R40 OBP.