Chipper Jones Retirement

March 13, 2012 by staff 

Chipper Jones Retirement, A slow start to spring training normally wouldn’t concern a big-league veteran, but Chipper Jones’ situationnear might be an exception. The oft-injured, 39-year-old Braves third baseman has begun the spring 0-for-8 and, after his 0-for-3 Monday in a Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, hinted at retirement once again.

He told to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s David O’Brien: I’ve said it a million times, it’s hell getting old. The body is starting to tell me every morning when I wake up that it’s getting close. I’m signed through the end of this year. If I play in a certain amount of games, I got an option for next year. I don’t know what next year entails. I don’t know if I can make it through this year.

Jones got into 126 games last year, hitting .275 with 18 homers and 70 RBI, but missed time for arthroscopic right knee surgery.

“The big reason for me coming back was my teammates wanted me to come back,” he said. “I still feel like I can be a productive major leaguer. We’ll give it this year and see how it feels.”

This past offseason, he says he aggravated his right knee falling into a hole while hunting. He says he had to limp a mile out of the woods, though MRI results were negative.

But, according to O’Brien, the knee is hurting even more than he thought it would this spring. He feels worse than he did at this time last year, when he was coming off surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, his second time through the procedure. He played in only 95 games in 2010.

“I thought I was in pretty good shape,” he said. “Because I knew it was going to be hard coming into spring. But I was nowhere close to being ready. For the first 10 days we were here, it was painful. As long as I can take care of my knees. My knees have given me the most problems through the years. I dare say if I hadn’t had five knee surgeries I’d be getting around a little better and I’d be feeling a better about things going on my 40th birthday.

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