Actually, it doesn't sound good at all. More evidence that perhaps he would be better suited at first base or DH.
ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones' mood was very somber before Sunday afternoon's game against the Orioles. The veteran third baseman is feeling some of the same discomfort that led to his six-week stint on the disabled list last year.
Jones, who has chronic foot problems, has been experiencing some pain on the bottom of his right foot. Making him worried is the fact that the symptoms are similar to the ones he felt before realizing he had a torn ligament in his left foot in June of last year.
"It's been hurting for a week," said Jones, who was replaced in Sunday's lineup by Wilson Betemit. "It's the same thing that put me in a boot for six weeks last year."
Jones will visit a foot specialist on Monday and receive an MRI exam, which should give better indication of what is causing the pain.
Whatever it is, the discomfort hasn't affected him at the plate. The veteran third baseman, who has 15 hits in his past 31 at-bats, homered in the ninth inning of Saturday night's loss to the Orioles and was strong enough to hit another while pinch-hitting in the eighth inning of Sunday's game. It was his first career pinch-hit homer.
"I don't know what to think, because it's not anything serious yet," Jones said. "It's progressively gotten worse."
Jones first began feeling the discomfort last year, while scoring in an April 24 game. He remained out of the lineup for seven games and was forced to miss more games throughout May. He was forced to the disabled list after swinging and missing a pitch against the Pirates at PNC Park on June 5.
"Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork." - Willie Stargell on Sandy Koufax