We knew it would happen at some point this season, and in the past week it was becoming more and more likely. The Atlanta Braves placed Chipper Jones on the 15-day disabled list today with a right knee meniscus tear. Chipper will unfortunately miss the All-Star game, but this is an ideal opportunity for Chipper to take the extra time to get healthy.
Brandon Hicks was recalled from triple-A to replace Chipper on the roster. He should be replaced after the All-Star break by Martin Prado, who is rehabbing in the minors. This DL move and the inevitable frailty of the Braves elder statesman may push the team to make a trade for another hitter. No doubt the front office will be weighing its options over the upcoming All-Star break.
The most logical fit if the Braves are to acquire help via a trade is in the outfield -- either center field or left field. The team has to think that at least one of their third base options -- Chipper or Prado -- will be healthy for remainder of the year.
Bad news about Chipper, but most folks probably thought he would have already landed on the DL at some point this season. The team needs to rally right now, and take these last two games against Philly.