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Braves still without Chipper Jones against Nats
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ATLANTA — Chipper Jones missed his seventh straight start Friday night because of a bruised leg.

The Braves also planned to hold out Brian McCann against the Nationals for the fourth straight game with flulike symptoms before backup catcher David Ross left the game with a right groin strain.

McCann entered as a pinch-runner in the second inning when Ross grimaced after moving out of the way of ball four from Ross Detwiler. Ross grabbed his groin area before walking to first base and then leaving the game.

The Braves said Ross is day to day and his status will be updated Saturday.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said before the game he thought about starting McCann.

"We really thought about putting him in there today, but after three days of being curled up in a ball someplace, we thought we'd let him get his feet under him today and let him run around a little bit," Gonzalez said. "You hate to put him in there and that energy level would really deteriorate after the third or fourth inning."

There was still swelling and discoloration in Jones' left foot, ankle and calf on Friday. He was hit by a grounder May 18 at Tampa Bay.

"I wouldn't exactly say it feels better, but it is better," Jones said. "You should have seen it four days ago."

The Braves are 19-5 when Jones starts and 7-15 when he is out of the lineup.

First baseman Freddie Freeman, who has new contact lenses and sport glasses, was back in the lineup. He missed Thursday's game at Cincinnati due to vision problems caused by dryness in his eyes while wearing contacts.

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