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Chipper Jones Back in Lineup

July 06, 2006|From the Associated Press

Third baseman Chipper Jones returned to the Atlanta Braves' lineup on Wednesday, but reliever Chris Reitsma learned he will need season-ending surgery.

Jones and the team's medical staff were encouraged after his visit with Dr. John Gleason.

Earlier reads of Jones' MRI showed he had a partial tear of the plantar plate of his right second toe and an inflamed ligament. Gleason found inflammation but no tear, trainer Jeff Porter said.

Reitsma will seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on July 17, according to Porter.

Porter said Andrews would help determine if Reitsma needs Tommy John surgery, which would keep the right-hander out for a year, or an ulnar nerve transposition procedure, which would keep him out about six months.


Chicago Cubs Manager Dusty Baker met with General Manager Jim Hendry and felt "comfortable" about his job status amid reports Hendry was considering staff changes during the All-Star break.... The New York Yankees claimed outfielder Aaron Guiel off waivers from Kansas City and sent outfielder Kevin Reese to triple-A Columbus. The club also purchased the contract of right-hander Kris Wilson from Columbus.... Tampa Bay closer Tyler Walker will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, ending his season.... San Diego activated outfielder Dave Roberts from the disabled list and put outfielder Ben Johnson on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left shoulder.... Minnesota optioned right-handed starter Boof Bonser to triple-A Rochester.... Seattle starting center fielder Jeremy Reed will undergo surgery today to repair his broken right thumb and will be out for eight weeks, the team said.... Tampa Bay catcher Dioner Navarro was not in the lineup for Wednesday night's game against Boston after his sport utility vehicle flipped twice in a traffic accident in St. Petersburg, Fla. He escaped serious injury.

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