Chipper Jones undergoes successful knee surgery

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Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Chipper Jones underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Saturday, according to his agent B.B. Abbott.

“It went very well,” Abbott said in a text message from Piedmont Hospital.

The two-hour procedure was performed by Dr. Marvin Royster, the same surgeon who previously repaired the torn ACL in Jones’ knee when he missed the entire 1994 season. According to Rogers, they used a graft from the heel of a cadaver as part of today’s surgery.

Rehab from the surgery is expected to take around six months. During a press conference Friday, Jones announced that he will rehab with the intention of playing again in 2011.

The 38-year-old third baseman is under contract for $13 million for each of the next two seasons.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.