This has been a busy week for the Atlanta Braves and Chipper Jones. He announced that he will retire at the end of the season a few days ago. Now, he will undergo knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The procedure is the same one he underwent last season and missed two weeks.
Martin Prado will start the season at third base. This leaves Eric Hinske and Matt Diaz as potential platoon partners in left. Since Matt Diaz is awful, this could open the door for Jordan Parraz to make the team.
Parraz has been competing for a bench spot. This may give him a good chance for playing time. He has had a great spring. He has hit .400/.455/.600 with 1 HR and 6 RBIs. He can play all three positions, though his defense isn’t his strongest attribute. He would be an upgrade over Diaz and Hinske defensively, though. He definitely deserves a spot on the team, in my opinion. This may end up being the chance he deserves.