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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.

CC Sabathia checking into alcohol rehab

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This is totally unexpected and definitely unfortunate: The New York Yankees just released a statement from CC Sabathia saying that he is checking himself into alcohol rehabilitation center.

There will no doubt be additional details and reporting going forward, but this is all we have at the moment.

Sabathia, who was involved in a relatively minor incident outside a nightclub back in August, has battled injuries and ineffectiveness for the past three seasons but has, in his last few starts, shown himself to be effective, even if he’s not to the level he once was. And, should the Yankees advance past the Wild Card game, one would have assumed that the Yankees would’ve been counting on him for the playoff rotation.

Now, however, that seems both doubtful and completely superfluous. Here’s hoping Sabathia deals with whatever problems he’s facing and comes out healthy on the other end.

Diamondbacks fire pitching coach Mike Harkey

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Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have fired pitching coach Mike Harkey following a season in which the staff ranked ninth among NL teams in runs allowed.

That actually represents a big improvement from last season, when the Diamondbacks allowed the second-most runs in the league in Harkey’s first year as pitching coach, but the Tony La Russa-led front office has decided to make a change.

Prior to joining the Diamondbacks two offseasons ago Harkey served as the Yankees’ bullpen coach from 2008-2013. He pitched eight seasons in the majors.