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.
There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.
The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.
All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.
After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.
Here’s today’s schedule: