Braves left fielder collapses chasing down fly

Updated: April 18, 2004, 6:56 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Atlanta's Chipper Jones was carried off the field on a cart after re-injuring his right hamstring trying to chase down a fly ball during the Braves' game against Florida on Sunday.

Florida's Luis Castilla led off the sixth inning with a drive to the gap in left-center. Jones lunged for the ball near the wall, then collapsed on the warning track after failing to make the catch.

The left fielder clutched his right hamstring, which was initially hurt a week earlier in a game against the Chicago Cubs. Jones missed the first two games of a series in New York, but returned to the lineup on Thursday.

The Braves said Jones will be re-evaluated on Monday, an off day. He has been on the disabled list only twice in his career, the last time in 1996. The hamstring wasn't a problem in the first two games against the Marlins -- Jones homered in each.

But he was in severe pain after going down Sunday. Jones had to be helped to his feet by two teammates, who placed him on the cart so he could be driven to the clubhouse for treatment.

Overall, Jones was batting .314 with a team-high three homers. He hasn't been on the disabled list since 1996.

With Jones out, the Braves were missing two-thirds of their regular outfield. Right fielder J.D. Drew didn't start for the fifth straight game because of a strained left hamstring.

Giles, Cox ejected
Braves second baseman Marcus Giles and manager Bobby Cox were ejected after the fifth inning of Sunday's game against the Florida Marlins.

The inning ended with Giles being called out on strikes by umpire Chris Guccione.

Giles complained that the 0-2 fastball from Brad Penny was high and outside. Coach Fredi Gonzalez tried to step in, but Giles was quickly ejected by Guccione.

While Giles walked off the field, tossing his batting gloves into the stands, Cox trotted from the dugout to carry on the argument. He wound up getting tossed, too, after a heated exchange with the umpire.

Rafael Furcal, who had missed seven games with a strained lower back, came in to replace Giles. Bench coach Pat Corrales took over the managing duties for Cox.


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