Chipper Jones tested his balky right knee on Tuesday and came out of the game feeling positive about his ability to dodge surgery on the small meniscus tear in his knee.
Jones had two cortisone shots in his knee on Sunday and then played all 11 innings of the Braves victory over the Astros on Tuesday afternoon. He had five at-bats and five fielding chances at third. He registered a single, while striking out three times against Houston.
"I can only go on how I feel today, and I feel a lot better than two days ago," Jones told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "If things change over the next couple of days, then we'll adjust, but hopefully they won't."
Jones' 2010 ended after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. So far this season, Jones, 39, is hitting .272/.361/.456 with four home runs and 27 RBI in 40 of the Braves' 44 games this season.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.