Chipper's knee surgery goes as planned

By Cash Kruth / | 03/26/12 7:50 PM ET

Braves third baseman Chipper Jones underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and still hopes to return in time for Atlanta's April 13 home opener at Turner Field, the club announced on Monday.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Marvin Royster in Atlanta. A team-issued statement said the meniscus was as it appeared on the MRI exam.
Jones, who last week announced that the upcoming season would be his last, and the club expressed optimism beforehand that Jones would be able to quickly return to the field.

"Historically, Chipper has taken 16-18 days to get back from these injuries," Braves general manager Frank Wren said on Saturday. "So the thought is that he could very well be ready for the home opener. That's kind of a best-case scenario. But it should be on or around the home opener."