ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones still does not believe he benefited from his latest Minor League rehab assignment. But after playing two games with Class A Rome, he was able to convince the Braves to activate him from the disabled list in time to start Sunday's game against the Blue Jays.
"I told them I was fine when I went down there," Jones said. "I told them I could have played nine [innings] the first game down there. My legs felt great. I didn't even have any soreness the second day. There's no limitations."
Jones started at third base and returned to his familiar third spot in the lineup on Sunday. The Braves created a roster spot for him by optioning Jose Constanza to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Given that Jones had recorded just one pinch-hit appearance since getting hit on the left calf on May 18, the Braves wanted the 40-year-old third baseman to stretch out his legs during this brief rehab assignment.
"I think they just wanted to make sure I didn't come off the DL and tweak a groin or a hamstring or something and then have to go back on the DL," said Jones, who played five innings on Friday night and six innings on Saturday.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said that Jones will continue to be given a chance to take a game or two off every week. The opportunity to get some regular rest has seemingly benefited him as he has hit .307 with five home runs and an .862 OPS in 29 games this year.
Jones will wear a protective guard to cover both his right and left ankles while batting. He can only hope he is not reintroduced to the misfortune he experienced when he was hit on the left calf with a ball that skipped off the Tropicana Field turf before hitting him on May 18. An ugly bruise formed and worsened until he was placed on the disabled list a week later.
"I've seen plenty of guys spike a slider and guys get hit in the back foot, back ankle," Jones said. "I think if I took another one off that area, just take me out back and shoot me."
Constanza batted .250 with a .250 on-base percentage while playing 12 games during this most recent stint in Atlanta. The speedy outfielder's two-hit performance in Saturday's win over the Blue Jays snapped an 0-for-16 skid.
Hudson likely to start on Wednesday
ATLANTA -- When Tim Hudson returned to Turner Field on Sunday morning, he seemed much more confident about starting Wednesday night's game against the Yankees. The veteran pitcher has realized significant relief since receiving a cortisone shot on Friday to relieve discomfort caused by bone spurs in his left ankle.
"I think it feels better than it did before my ankle started bothering me," said Hudson, who managed to pitch through discomfort while tossing a shutout against the Marlins last Tuesday.
When Hudson struggled during a bullpen session on Friday, the Braves determined Julio Teheran would pitch in his place on Sunday. It appears the decision to give him a few extra days of rest will prove to be sufficient.
"Based on the way it feels today, I don't think it will be a problem to be ready to pitch on Wednesday," Hudson said.
With Hudson likely to start on Wednesday, Brandon Beachy will get at least one extra day of rest before his next start. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Beachy and Tommy Hanson will start the first two games of next weekend's series against the Orioles. But he has not determined the order.
Braves recall Gearrin, send down Teheran
ATLANTA -- After Sunday afternoon's 12-4 loss to the Blue Jays, the Braves announced that highly-regarded pitching prospect Julio Teheran had been optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett to make room for right-handed reliever Cory Gearrin.
Gearrin's arrival will allow the Braves to work with seven relievers in their bullpen for the first time since sending Kris Medlen to Gwinnett to stretch out as a starting pitcher on May 29. Multiple ailments and injuries created the need for them to spend most of the past two weeks carrying three catchers.
The Braves made room on their active roster for Teheran by optioning backup catcher J.C. Boscan on Saturday.
Teheran knew he would return to Gwinnett even before he allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings of Sunday's loss. The 21-year-old top pitching prospect was making a spot start in place of Tim Hudson, who has been nursing a sore left ankle.
"I'm not disappointed," Teheran said. "I just try to get here and do my job. If they want me to go back, I go back and do the same thing I've been doing."
Gearrin has posted a 1.65 ERA and limited opponents to a .188 batting average in 21 appearances with Gwinnett this year.
Freddie Freeman said he has not had any problems wearing contact lenses since receiving new eye drops earlier this week in Miami. The Braves' first baseman experienced blurred vision and had trouble wearing contact lenses while battling dry eyes through much of May.
Seven members of the Double-A Mississippi Braves made this year's Southern League All-Star Game. They are catcher Christian Bethancourt, outfielder Todd Cunningham, shortstop Andrelton Simmons; starting pitchers Sean Gilmartin, Zeke Spruill and Gary Moran and relief pitcher Ryan Buchter.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.