Chipper Jones was quite vocal earlier this week that he didn’t want to go on a minor league rehab assignment, but it appears that he’ll respect the wishes of his manager Fredi Gonzalez.
According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jones will play rehab games with Class A Rome on Saturday and Sunday. Assuming all goes well, he should rejoin the Braves for Monday’s series opener against the Yankees in Atlanta.
Jones is currently working his way back from surgery on May 27 to drain a hematoma from his lower left leg. The 40-year-old was initially diagnosed with a left calf contusion after he was hit in the lower leg by a line drive off the bat of Rays’ outfielder B.J. Upton on May 18, but surgery was deemed necessary after his condition intensified.
Jones’ farewell tour has already included two trips to the disabled list, but he has been plenty productive when in the lineup this season, hitting .307/.377/.485 with five homers, 24 RBI and an .862 OPS in 114 plate appearances.
Chris Young joined the Phillies as their assistant pitching coach last offseason. This offseason he’s getting a promotion: the Phillies just named as their main (um, top? lead? alpha?) pitching coach for the 2019 season. He replaces Rick Kranitz.
Ken Rosenthal, who reported the promotion, says that the Phillies didn’t necessarily want to shake up their pitching coach situation, but that since several clubs wanted to hire Young away, it was either promote him to the top job or lose him. That’s bad news for Kranitz, but he remains under contract for 2019 and will, in the meantime, be allowed to interview elsewhere.
The Phillies pitching staff ranked 11th in runs allowed in the National League in 2018. They were tenth the year before that, but some early season uncertainty and mismanagement by Gabe Kapler and a late season collapse served to hide what was, for most of the season, a bit of a better staff than the year before. The Phillies obviously credit Young for that and want to keep him in the fold.