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Jones says he plans to return to Braves next spring

Chipper Jones said Friday he will report to spring training next year with the Braves as he attempts a comeback from major knee surgery.

Jones, speaking for the first time since the team announced he tore his left anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the rest of the season, said he will have surgery on the knee today.

Jones, 38, says now is not the right time to “make a decision to quit.”

“I’m going to go through the process just like I’m getting ready for spring training,” he said. “I don’t know how the knee is going to respond.

“I’ll try to get ready for spring training and we’ll see how it feels after that.”

The expected recovery time is about six months, giving him a chance to be ready for spring training in 2011. Jones said earlier this season he would consider retirement after the season.

He was hurt in Tuesday night’s game at Houston. Jones fielded Hunter Pence’s grounder near third base, jumped in the air while making the throw to first, then collapsed to the ground in foul territory. Pence was out on the play.

“The play he got hurt on might have been the best play I’ve ever seen him make,” said Braves general manager Frank Wren, who sat beside Jones at Friday’s news conference. “I mean, that was a Brooks Robinson play.”

GIANTS GET GUILLEN

The San Francisco Giants found a new regular right fielder for the stretch run: well-traveled veteran Jose Guillen.

The Giants acquired the former Seattle Mariner on Friday and also receive cash considerations from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for a player to be named.

Guillen was batting .255 with a team-best 16 homers and 62 RBI when he was cut by the Royals last week.

Guillen is expected to be in uniform today when the Giants host first-place San Diego.

SHORT HOPS

A day after Major League Baseball formally approved a sale that pulled the Texas Rangers out of bankruptcy, the new ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg and Hall of Fame pitcher and team president Nolan Ryan announced lower prices for concessions, parking and merchandise. Those went into effect Friday night for the start of a weekend series against Boston. … Jacoby Ellsbury left Boston’s 10-9 loss to Texas because of pain in his left side. Ellsbury already has two stints on the disabled list this year, missing 95 games with a left chest contusion and fractured ribs. He was in his ninth game since coming off the DL. … Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia, on the disabled list since June 26 with a broken bone in his left foot, will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket tonight. …Minnesota first-baseman Justin Morneau says he’s “making progress” but still experiences symptoms from the concussion. Morneau, who last played on July 8, was hitting .345 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI before the injury. … Twins reliever Jose Mijares will miss four weeks with a torn meniscus in his right knee. . … Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte had a setback in a simulated game Friday and will join the team today in Kansas City for further evaluations.

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