Numb Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Thursday, September 22nd

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Your one-page daily morning overview of Atlanta Braves news:

Braves quotes after Wednesday loss to Marlins | Atlanta Braves
Chipper Jones, go to Washington, have a day off, still going to lead but perhaps by thinnest of margins? "Again, we’ve got six games. We’ve got to go balls to the wall and not hold anything back. We’ve still got everybody in the rearview mirror. We’ve just got to go take care of business. We’ve got to get some good pitching performances and we’ve got to start hitting with some guys on base. It’s been tough sledding with runners in scoring position. But that’s the beauty of this game, there’s always tomorrow – or the day after tomorrow."

Chipper returns after overseeing son's surgery | News
Chipper Jones returned to Atlanta on Wednesday morning to be present as his seven-year-old son, Shea, underwent a sinus-related surgical procedure. Jones traveled to Atlanta during Wednesday's early-morning hours, returning to Miami approximately 30 minutes after the start of Wednesday night's game against the Marlins. The 39-year-old third baseman entered as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning of Atlanta's 4-0 loss and remained in the game to play third base. "He's kind of my sickly child," Jones said. "I worry about him, so I wanted to be there. I talked to the team a couple days ago and explained my situation."

Jurrjens on 'pen session: 'It was really good' | News
Jair Jurrjens has been frustrated by a right knee ailment that has wrecked his performance since the All-Star break and created doubt about the possibility of him pitching again this year. But the Braves right-hander gained some much-needed encouragement while completing a bullpen session at Sun Life Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Medlen moves closer to return; Jurrjens progressing | Atlanta Braves
The Braves think there’s a better shot that Tommy Hanson (shoulder) could make it back for the opening round. Hanson is scheduled to throw about 65 pitches in an Instructional League game Friday, and could pitch the regular-season finale next Wednesday against Philadelphia if the Braves have clinched the wild card by then. Medlen is 13 months removed from ligament-transplant elbow surgery and trying to get back in time for a bullpen role in a potential first-round playoff series. He threw 19 warmup pitches and 12 pitches in one inning of an Instructional League game. He could pitch at least once more in Florida before possibly being activated for next week’s finale series against Philadelphia.

Freeman ranks among Atlanta rookie elite | News
Freeman hit his 20th homer of the season during the sixth inning of Tuesday night's win over the Marlins. He became the first Braves rookie to reach this mark since Chipper Jones hit 23 in 1995. Earl Williams (33), David Justice (28) and Bob Horner (23) are the only other Atlanta rookies to have ever hit more in a season.

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