Chipper named NL Player of the Week
Braves 3B hit .500 with eight RBIs to capture honor
Although he was not 100 percent, Chipper Jones could have had everyone fooled with his offensive performance this past week.
The Braves third baseman hit .500 from June 26 to July 2 while collecting eight RBIs. His success did not go unnoticed, as Bank of America announced Jones as this week's National League Player of the Week.
With Jones' help, Atlanta finished the week with a 3-3 mark as he had 12 hits, three home runs, three doubles and four runs scored. The switch-hitter led the league in total bases (24) and tied for the league lead in slugging percentage (1.000) while compiling an on-base percentage of .520.
The veteran had at least one hit in each of the six games and finally proved he could be a threat off the bench as well when he added a pinch-hit three-run blast -- his first pinch-hit homer of his career -- against the Orioles on July 2. Until Sunday, Jones had gone .124 (4-for-32) as a pinch hitter.
"I've been swinging the bat well lately," Jones said after Sunday's game. "It feels good to go home and have that one under my belt."
An MRI exam taken Monday revealed that the former NL MVP has a partially torn ligament in his right foot. It is similar to, although not as severe as, the injury he suffered last season in his left foot that caused him to go on the disabled list for six weeks.
Earlier this season, Jones surpassed Dale Murphy and became the franchise-leader in the RBIs. In addition, he is the only switch-hitter in baseball history to boast a career batting average of .300 (.302) and more than 300 home runs (341).
Lindsey Frazier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.