Chipper Jones Headed to 15-day DL with Bruised Right Hand

CHICAGO (AP) - Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones is going on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right hand.

Manager Bobby Cox says the team will place Jones on the disabled
list Saturday.

He has been experiencing pain in both hands since a baserunning collision on May eleventh and had missed seven straight games before the Braves opened a weekend series against the Chicago Cubs Friday.

Jones received a cortisone shot following the game on May 23rd but noticed NO improvement.

The slugger says he does NOT think it's gotten any better at all.

He says it was getting worse when he was playing.

Jones, who is batting .300 with 12 homers and 27 R-B-Is, says the pain has spread from the base of his thumbs into both palms and wrists.

With the pain spreading, Jones thinks the injury might be more severe than he first thought.

Jones believes he might have damaged a ligament in his wrist, making it very uncomfortable to swing the bat.

Jones will be inactive for the next week and refused to give a timetable for his return.