Braves’ Thomson, Chipper Jones Hurt
CHICAGO (AP) _ Atlanta Braves starter John Thomson and cleanup hitter Chipper Jones left Saturday’s game against the Chicago Cubs with injuries, just days before the NL East champions begin the playoffs.
Thomson, slated to start Game 2 of the divisional series next week, pitched just three innings before leaving with a stiff back. Jones was exited in the fifth inning after being hit with a pitch near his right wrist.
Jones, four RBIs short of 100 for a ninth straight season, was hit by Cubs’ starter Carlos Zambrano and winced as a trainer worked on him.