Chipper Jones could return from DL as soon as tomorrow

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Chipper Jones had no problems after weekend workouts and tested his surgically repaired knee again today, with Mark Bowman of reporting that he “felt good” and “could be activated in time to start tomorrow’s game.”

Jones underwent what was considered minor knee surgery on March 26 and said all along that he planned to be back in the Braves’ lineup in time for the April 13 home opener.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez has indicated that Jones’ workload might be limited initially, perhaps with some pinch-hitting duties mixed into starts. Martin Prado has started twice at third base in place of Jones, with the newly acquired Juan Francisco taking the other start.

Rafael Montero to have Tommy John surgery

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Mets pitcher Rafael Montero will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Montero felt some discomfort after his latest Grapefruit League appearance. This morning he was diagnosed with a complete tear of the UCL in his right elbow. He’ll now miss all of the 2018 season and most of the first half of the 2019 season.

Montero, 27, was once a top pitching prospect. He performed swingman duties for the Mets last year, starting in 18 games and relieving in 16. He wasn’t too successful in that role — his ERA was 5.52 in 2017 — but he was battling for a spot in the Mets’ bullpen this spring.