ATLANTA, Ga. - Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones has a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season.
The Braves said results of an MRI exam revealed the severity of the injury, which will require surgery. A date for the procedure has not been set, but an estimated recovery period is at least six months.
Jones was hurt in the sixth inning of Tuesday's game against Houston while making a spectacular defensive play. Hunter Pence hit a chopper down the line that was fielded by Jones, whose momentum carried him into foul territory. He threw across his body and appeared to land awkwardly on his left leg.
After remaining on the ground for a few moments, he limped off the field and was initially diagnosed with a sprain.
The injury could end Jones' career. The 38-year-old veteran has hinted at retirement, as reports earlier this year indicated that the six-time All-Star spoke with Braves brass about calling it quits following the 2010 campaign.
Jones, who also tore the same ACL in 1994, finished the campaign batting .265 with 10 homers and 46 runs batted in over 95 games. He has battled numerous injuries throughout his stellar career, which includes a .306 batting average, 436 home runs, 1,491 RBI, a 1999 NL MVP award and a batting title in 2008.