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
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.
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.