Chipper is Spared Surgery

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ATLANTA (AP) - There will be no offseason shoulder surgery for
Chipper Jones.

The Atlanta Braves said Wednesday that the MRI on Jones' right
shoulder a day earlier showed acute tendinitis, but the overall
structure is normal.

The Braves' orthopedist has prescribed therapy for the
36-year-old third baseman, followed by a strength program.

Jones won the NL batting title with a .364 average. He had 22
home runs and 75 RBIs but played in only 128 games and was limited
to pinch-hitting in the final week of the season.