ATLANTA (AP) - Braves third baseman Chipper Jones was held out of Sunday's 6-3 loss to Philadelphia due to a small tear in his right quadriceps, and he said he may miss one or two more games.
The Braves are off tomorrow and begin a ten-game road trip at Chicago against the Cubs on Tuesday. Jones said he won't test the injury before Tuesday.
Jones' injury is only the latest this season for Atlanta. Another team leader, pitcher John Smoltz, said Wednesday he'll have season-ending shoulder surgery on Tuesday.
The Braves have been without closer Rafael Soriano most of the season. Top setup reliever Peter Moylan went on the disabled list on April 12th to have season-ending elbow surgery. Center fielder Mark Kotsay has been out since May 26th with a back strain.
Jones said, "Nothing surprises me in this clubhouse anymore. It's just another bad blow."
Jones, leading the majors with a .420 batting average, injured the muscle on April 9th in Colorado and felt more soreness as the Braves' road trip continued.
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