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Chipper Jones has painful birthday

Chipper Jones made a quick exit on his 38th birthday.

Jones injured his right hip on his first swing of the day and came out after 21/2 innings of the Atlanta Braves’ 3-1 loss at the New York Mets on Saturday.

The third baseman said he thinks he will be sidelined for several games.

“It popped,” he said. “I couldn’t push off at all.”

Jones thought he might have hurt a tendon in the hip.

At first he stayed in the game but took a pair of called third strikes.

“I’ve never had that happen before, in football or anything,” he said. “It still hurts after I’ve had ice and everything.”

Jones usually has stellar birthdays. He’s a career .419 hitter (18-for-43) on his birthday with three doubles, four homers and 10 RBI, according to STATS LLC.

Oswalt checks on parents

Astros ace Roy Oswalt returned to Mississippi after his parents’ home in Weir was damaged in a tornado.

Astros general manager Ed Wade said Oswalt’s parents, Billy and Jean, were not injured.

Wade said he expects Oswalt to rejoin the team by Tuesday. He’s due to make his next start Thursday.

Wade said Astros owner Drayton McLane offered his private plane for Oswalt to use, but Oswalt decided to make the eight-hour drive home instead.

“He just wants to make sure everything is all right,” Wade said. “I told him to do whatever he needed to do. They lived in the house for over 40 years. He’s got a ranch that’s about 30 minutes away (in Kosciusko) that his parents can stay at, but 40 years worth of keepsakes and things like that, I’m sure it’s really tough on his family.”

Indians waiting on Wood

Cleveland closer Kerry Wood wasn’t happy after pitching a one-inning simulated game but the Indians are waiting to see how he responds before deciding on the next step in his rehab.

“We have to wait ... and see how he feels,” manager Manny Acta said. “Then (we’ll) make a decision whether we’re going to have another simulated game or whether he goes on a rehab or rest.”

Wood, who is making $10.5 million in the last season of a two-year contract, made two appearances in spring training before a muscle in his upper back started bothering him.

Jakubauskas hit in face

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Chris Jakubauskas was hit near his right ear by Lance Berkman’s line drive in the first inning against Houston and was carted off the field.

He was examined by Astros team doctor David Lintner and sent to Methodist Hospital for further tests. A Pirates spokesman had no other information on the pitcher’s condition.

The 31-year-old Jakubauskas, a former Tacoma Rainier and Seattle Mariner, was called up from the minors Friday to make the start.

Short hops

Dodgers manager Joe Torre says he sent Manny Ramirez home to Los Angeles to get treatment on his strained right calf, avoiding the “circus” when the team heads to New York to face the Mets. ... The Tigers scratched left-hander Dontrelle Willis from Saturday’s start against the Texas Rangers because of an upset stomach. ... The Cubs activated left-hander Ted Lilly, who had arthroscopic surgery in November, from the 15-day disabled list and optioned struggling reliever Jeff Samardzija to Triple-A Iowa. ... Dodgers right-hander Vicente Padilla has been put on the 15-day DL because his upper right forearm muscle is bothering him and the team will call up right-hander Jon Link from Triple-A Albuquerque before today’s game against the Nationals. ... The struggling Orioles recalled power hitter Rhyne Hughes from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned Justin Turner to Norfolk. ... Rockies outfielder Brad Hawpe left the opening game of the doubleheader against the Marlins because of tightness in his left quadriceps. ... The Red Sox boosted their outfield depth by reacquiring Jonathan Van Every from Pittsburgh for a player to be named. Van Every was released by Boston in July.

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