Chipper Jones is off to an incredible start in the 2008 season. His lifetimes stats show that he’s a pretty good player, but this year he’s been unreal. Of course, an injury is throwing a kink into those plans.
Chipper’s injury is termed a slight tear in the quadriceps. Of course, having covered how to treat a quadriceps tear in the past, we know there are different degrees of quadriceps tears. Chipper’s appears to be a slight tear that was diagnosed by a doctor testing the injury physically.
One of the interesting ways the doctors were going to help Chipper was to draw down the blood pooling due to the inflammation. Chipper said no to that one. He did say:
I was worried about [the DL] when he said ‘tear. It’s pretty sore this morning. We’ll see when it gets better.
The big question is when this will heal and let Chipper get back into the lineup. Let’s start at the beginning.
With Chipper hunting down a .400 average for the season, his quadriceps are extemely important to him. When a baseball batter hits the quadriceps are one the main muscles used to drive the baseball. Imagine Chipper losing about 20% of his ability to hit the baseball and you’ll see what’s at stake.
How long will it take for Chipper to recover from a slight quadriceps tear? The doctors think a couple of days, but it’s going to be more like a week. You want to make sure the leg is completely healed before using it again. Of course, this is only for people going after .400 for the season. <grin>
I’d guess Chipper will be back by June 16th.