Chipper Ready to Rest Ailing Wrists at Third Base

ATLANTA (AP) - Chipper Jones was back at third base for the Braves Monday night in the first full test for his ailing wrists.

Jones spent five games as a designated hitter after coming off the disabled list last week. But the D-H slot isn't in use as the Braves returned home for an interleague series against Boston.

While Jones could try to avoid diving for any balls hit toward third, it's hard for a fielder to make that sort of split-second decision in the heat of a game.

The sore wrists are also affecting him at the plate, thoughJones came into the night with a six-game hitting streak.

Jones, who has been plagued by injuries over four straight seasons, plans to play through the latest setback -- especially with the Braves battling the New York Mets for first place in the National League East.

Jones prefers to hit in the third spot, but he batted cleanup against the Red Sox. The Braves couldn't afford to bump hot-hitting Willie Harris, who batted second. Edgar Renteria dropped to third.


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