Chipper Jones likely headed to disabled list

Updated: July 29, 2006, 7:45 PM ET
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ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones is likely headed for the disabled list with a strained muscle in his left side, but he's still quite nimble when it comes to avoiding the media.

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Jones, who reinjured his oblique muscle during a swing in Friday night's loss to the New York Mets, told reporters Saturday that he would talk after the game when he knew more about his injury.

While everyone gathered around his locker following an 11-3 loss to the Mets, Jones remained in a back room talking on a telephone. Then, when he was sure no one would see him, he slipped out a back door.

So, it was left to manager Bobby Cox to discuss the injury, which occurred while Jones was in the midst of one of the hottest runs of his career. He sat out three of four games, going hitless the one time he did play to snap a 20-game hitting streak. Then, he hurt himself again after returning to the lineup for the opening game of a series against first-place New York.

"We probably have to disable him," Cox said. "He was flying high. It was something special. But you tear those [oblique muscles], it's hard. He tried."

Before the game, MLB.com reported Cox said Jones would be put on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.

The Braves called up infielder Tony Pena from Triple-A Richmond after trading Wilson Betemit to the Dodgers for pitcher Danys Baez and infielder Willy Aybar.

Baez and Aybar weren't available Saturday. The deal was finalized late the previous night, leaving about 15 hours for them to make the cross-country trip to Atlanta for an afternoon game.

"They were trying to get here for today's game," Cox said. "It was impossible. They couldn't get all their stuff together with the three-hour time change."

Baez and Aybar were expected to be in uniform for Sunday's game, prompting a couple of more roster moves. Besides putting Jones on the disabled list, the Braves will have to send down a pitcher, perhaps fill-in starter Jason Shiell.

With an off day Monday, Atlanta won't need a fifth starter until next weekend at the earliest.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.