Chipper Jones will be ready for next round of World Baseball Classic

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wednesday March 11, 2009

TORONTO (AP) -- Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones took swings from both sides of the plate and fielded grounders before the United States faced Venezuela on Wednesday. Jones says he'll be ready to play when the second round of the World Baseball Classic begins Saturday in Miami.

Jones is 0-7 with five strikeouts in the WBC. He left Sunday's 15-6 win over Venezuela after five innings with a strain on his right side. His condition improved after doing only light running on Monday and Tuesday.

David Wright started at third base and Derek Jeter was the designated hitter as the U.S. played Venezuela to decide the winner of Group C.

Jones, who hit .364 with 22 home runs and 75 RBIs for Atlanta in 2008, said the injury is one he's encountered in the past and he has no reason to fear a lengthy absence.

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