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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Chipper Jones scratched due to quad

Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Braves third baseman Chipper Jones said Tuesday he is frustrated to be dealing with a new injury only one day after his return from the disabled list.

Jones will not start against the Pirates on Tuesday night after he strained his right quadriceps in Monday night's game.

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Jones, 39, had arthroscopic surgery on July 9 to repair torn cartilage in his right knee. He returned with two hits, including his ninth homer, on Monday night.

He remained in the game after he strained his quadriceps on defense in the sixth inning and hit the homer in the eighth.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said there is a 50-50 chance Jones could come in off the bench against the Pirates. Gonzalez says the team hasn't discussed placing Jones back on the disabled list.

The new injury concern had Jones in a bad mood.

"I'm tired of talking about things that are keeping me out of ballgames," Jones said. "It's getting old."

Jones said he felt a knot rising in the quadriceps area in Monday night's game and said the area was "very sore" on Tuesday. He said he expects to be available to pinch-hit for a day or two before returning to the lineup.

Jones is hitting .262 with nine homers and 47 RBI in 78 games.

Martin Prado, the regular starter in left field who filled in at third base when Jones was on the disabled list, shifted back to third in Tuesday night's lineup.

Jordan Schafer was in the first lineup posted by Gonzalez before being scratched. Schafer jammed his left middle finger on Wednesday at Colorado and has not started in six straight games.

Nate McLouth is starting in center field and Eric Hinske was added to the lineup in left field.