On Monday the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Chipper Jones was worried he may not make it through the season and was considering retirement.
“The body is starting to tell me every morning when I wake up that it’s getting close,” Jones told the paper. “I’m signed through the end of this year. If I play in a certain amount of games, I got an option for next year. I don’t know what next year entails.
“I don’t know if I can make it through this year.”
Now, however, it appears Jones is backing off those statements.
“It was tongue in cheek. I was kidding. I just got done playing eight innings with three at-bats. I was a little tired. I wasn’t by any means suggesting I couldn’t make it through the season. If I didn’t think that I could, I wouldn’t be out there.”
Chipper, 39, is entering his 19th career season, all with the Braves. He hit .275 with 18 home runs and 70 RBI last season. He has hit over 400 home runs over the course of his career.