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Chipper Jones May Wait for Surgery

March 1, 2000

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) _ National League MVP Chipper Jones has a bone spur in his right elbow, but the Atlanta Braves are hoping he can wait until after the season to have the spur surgically removed.

Jones said he has little pain from the injury _ except at night _ and is treating it with anti-inflammatory drugs.

``It hasn’t bothered me that much,″ he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. ``It just bothers me when I get in front swinging lefthanded.″

Team orthopedist Dr. Joe Chandler said pieces of the spur, caused by strain from the repetition of throwing, have broken off and are floating in the third baseman’s elbow.

``It’s pretty common,″ Chandler said. ``He’s had it for a while. ... It’s something we hope we can take care of at the end of the season.″

Jones may need to rest more than usual, so Bobby Bonilla may be called on to help.

``I don’t like taking days off,″ said Jones, who played in a career-high 160 games last season. But ``I wouldn’t mind a couple of innings here and there.″

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