Chipper Jones returned to the Atlanta Braves Spring Training camp in Orlando, Fla. on Saturday in a different role in 2013. Jones will be serving as a guest instructor during Sunday afternoon’s workout. It’s hard to imagine anyone in Braves’ camp viewing him as a guest, but as always, the players will gladly take instruction from the veteran. He described being back as “weird” and that he has had no urge at any point during his retirement to resume his playing career. Although he is serving a different role this Spring Training, for a few days it feels like a normal Atlanta Braves’ Spring Training.
McCann Injury Update
Brian McCann didn’t give a major update on Saturday, but in terms of injuries no news is usually good news. “They said everything is on schedule and that everything looks good,” McCann told reporters. On schedule indicates the mid-April return date that was originally given. McCann is increasing how much he does each day to regain strength in the shoulder and says he’ll be ready to return when he can throw his hardest and not feel soreness. Look for April 16th against the Kansas City Royals as a potential date for McCann’s 2013 debut.
Another Guest Instructor
Before Jones showed up on Saturday, a different World Series champion and fan favorite made his way to Orlando. Fred McGriff served as a guest instructor for Friday’s workout for the second year in a row. Like Jones, the “Crime Dog” will be in camp for five days to offer various tips and another voice for the squad to hear.
Odds and Ends
David O’Brien tweeted that the Upton brothers have been hitting “tape measure shots” in batting practice. The Braves could have the most entertaining batting practice team this season.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez has not decided on a rotation to date but look for either Mike Minor or Paul Maholm to start their second game in order to avoid three straight right-hand pitchers in the rotation (No. 5, 1, 2).
Dan Uggla reported to camp weighing in at 205 pounds after weighing 225 at the beginning of Spring Training last year. The Braves are still looking for a consistent year from Uggla in Atlanta.
The Braves being Spring Training games this Friday at 1:05 p.m. against the Detroit Tigers.