ATLANTA - APRIL 08: Let's all hope this injury won't be one that'll bother Chipper throughout the season. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Chipper Jones left Thursday's game with a strained right oblique, according to a David O'Brien tweet. Chipper initially injured his oblique in batting practice, but tried to play through the injury. The pain worsened throughout the game and eventually forced Chipper to leave the game after running the bases in the 4th inning.
If you can remember back to the World Baseball Classic back in 2009, Chipper actually injured his oblique after an awkward swing. He pulled himself out of the competition shortly after.
What does this mean for the upcoming weekend? We'll probably see Martin Prado at 3B and then Omar Infante at 2B. Another possibility is to simply insert Infante at 3B. There's also a chance that Troy Glaus could move over to 3B and allow Eric Hinske to man 1B, but Glaus hasn't taken any groundballs at 3rd since 2008.
What does this mean for the rest of the season? We need to make sure this isn't an injury that will continue to bother Chipper for weeks at a time. It doesn't make sense for us to rush him back into action during the first few weeks of April if it's going to cost him valuable playing time later in the season. An oblique injury can really linger if you don't give it proper time to rest.
Get better Chip. We're going to need you.