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Jones Out With Injured Ribs

Atlanta Braves All-Star third baseman Chipper Jones will miss a game for the first time this season due to a rib injury aggravated in Wednesday's 6-2 victory over the Houston Astros.

Jones injured his right rib cage in batting practice before the game at the Astrodome. He attempted to play but aggravated the injury when he lined out in the first inning. Jones was unable to play the field in the bottom of the first, removing himself from the game in favor of Ozzie Guillen.

"He will definitely miss a few games. We just don't know how long," Braves spokesman Jim Schultz said today.

The Braves open a four-game series with the Cardinals Thursday in St. Louis.

Jones is expected to be examined by team physician Joe Chandler sometime Thursday to determine the extent of the injury, which Schultz characterized as "sore muscles" and not any form of pull.

"I was batting left-handed during batting practice, but I don't understand exactly how it happened," Jones explained after the game. "It got sore during BP and then it got worse in the game."

The 26-year-old Jones has appeared in all 133 games this season. He leads the Braves with a .323 batting average and 108 runs scored and his 30 homers and 98 RBI rank second on the club behind first baseman Andres Galarraga. Jones is among the top 10 in the National League in batting, homers and RBI.

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