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Passing the torch? The fluctuating condition of Chipper Jones' left knee will keep him day-to-day for the near future. The Atlanta Braves increased hot-corner security after bringing in Juan Francisco and allowing Martin Prado to stay in left field more often when Jones sits.
Larry is nearly a week invested in a new weight-training program designed to "strengthen the muscles around his knee in hopes of counter-acting the swelling and joint pain." A conserved Jones could be of use as an occasional deep-mixed play, but with questions about his reps and lower-body stability, he's hard-pressed to repeat both his 126 games and 18 homers from 2011.
After facing an uncertain future during his days with the Cincinnati Reds, Francisco is on the rise in reality and fantasy with a clear path as Jones' successor. His on-the-job training has displayed his strengths (raw pop) and weaknesses (plate discipline), though deep mixers could add him, say, to the list of workable Evan Longoria replacements.
About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in the prestigious LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.
He appears frequently, including every Sunday, on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, as well as every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore.
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