After seeming on the verge of announcing his retirement, Chipper Jones changed course Thursday and said he won’t make a decision until after the season.
The Braves third baseman called the media to his locker before the final game of an interleague series against Tampa Bay, looking to halt the speculation about his future.
“Any more talk of the r-word will be reserved until the end of the season,” Jones said. “Somehow the cork got taken out. Well, I’m putting it back in right now.’
For two days, Jones had appeared ready to call it a career. He told The Associated Press he merely needed to work out some “red-tape issues” – including the $28 million he is owed for the final two years of his contract – and indicated he would make an announcement before the end of the homestand on Sunday.
Now, the 38-year-old Jones is taking a different path.
“Let’s face it, we all know, sort of, which way I’m leaning,” he said, presumably indicating he’s still seriously considering retirement after struggling for the second year in a row and battling numerous injuries.
“But I think it’s best that we put this all behind us.”
PEAVY READY TO PITCH
Jake Peavy’s previously sore shoulder is responding well to a change in medication, and the former Cy Young Award winner is expected to start Saturday for the Chicago White Sox in Washington.
The right-hander was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday night in Pittsburgh because of shoulder soreness that led him to undergo an MRI exam.
SEGUI ON THE STAND
Former major leaguer David Segui appeared in Washington on Thursday before the federal grand jury investigating Roger Clemens for perjury.
The New York Daily News reported that Segui testified for about 90 minutes. Segui declined comment as he left the grand jury room.
Segui told the Daily News earlier this month that he didn’t know if Clemens used steroids, but he expected to be questioned about the vials, needles and bloodstained gauze that Clemens’ former trainer gave to investigators in 2008, claiming it was evidence Clemens used steroids.
The Pirates extended the contracts of manager John Russell and general manager Neal Huntington for the 2011 season without making an announcement during the offseason. The Pirates were coming off a 99-loss season and, amid slumping ticket sales, apparently felt announcing the winter deals might further lessen enthusiasm for this season. …The Phillies put reliever Antonio Bastardo on the 15-day disabled list because of inflammation in his left elbow and called up right-hander Scott Mathieson from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.