TORONTO (AP) - Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones took
swings from both sides of the plate and fielded grounders before
the United States faced Venezuela on Wednesday. Jones says he'll be
ready to play when the second round of the World Baseball Classic
begins Saturday in Miami.
Jones is 0-7 with five strikeouts in the WBC. He left Sunday's
15-6 win over Venezuela after five innings with a strain on his
right side. His condition improved after doing only light running
on Monday and Tuesday.
David Wright started at third base and Derek Jeter was the
designated hitter as the U.S. played Venezuela to decide the winner
of Group C.
Jones, who hit .364 with 22 home runs and 75 RBIs for Atlanta in
2008, said the injury is one he's encountered in the past and he
has no reason to fear a lengthy absence.