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Braves’ Chipper Jones Leaves Game

May 29, 2002

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ATLANTA (AP) _ Braves left fielder Chipper Jones had to leave Tuesday night’s game against Montreal after fouling a ball off his right leg, another blow to Atlanta’s battered lineup.

Later in the game, the Braves also lost second baseman Marcus Giles, who appeared to severely twist his right ankle trying to avoid a tag.

Leading off the second inning against Britt Reames, Jones fouled a 1-0 pitch off the inside of his right leg, just below the knee. He stood outside the batter’s box for several minutes, trying to put weight on the leg, but finally hobbled to the clubhouse with help from assistant trainer Jeff Porter.

The Braves said Jones sustained a serious bruise to his upper right calf and didn’t know if he’ll be able to play Wednesday.

Giles was hurt running out a grounder in the sixth. Third baseman Fernando Tatis made an errant throw, and Giles leaped in the air trying to avoid the tag by first baseman Andres Galarraga.

Galarraga made the out before Giles landed awkwardly on his right ankle, collapsing to the turf in pain. He had to helped off the field by Porter.

The Braves were forced to go with a makeshift lineup that included Jesse Garcia, playing his first career game in the outfield, and Wes Helms, making only his fourth appearance as an outfielder.

Atlanta already was playing without right fielder Gary Sheffield, still recovering from a pulled left hamstring. He was able to come up as a pinch-hitter in the fifth, drawing a bases-loaded walk.

Also this season, B.J. Surhoff went down for the year with a knee injury, while Mark DeRosa is expected to miss up to two months after surgery to repair torn tissue in his right ankle.

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