Chipper Jones will begin the final season of his career on the disabled list because of an injury he suffered just before announcing he will retire at the end of this year. The Braves third baseman will undergo surgery on Monday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.
Jones hopes to return in time for what will be his final home opener at Turner Field on April 13. His confidence is strengthened by the fact that he needed just a little more than two weeks to return after this same surgical procedure was performed on his right knee just before last year's All-Star break.
"Historically Chipper has taken 16-18 days to get back from these injuries," Braves general manager Frank Wren said. "So the thought is that he could very well be ready for the home opener. That's kind of a best-case scenario. But it should be on or around the home opener."