ATLANTA -- After testing the strength of his left hamstring during a bullpen session at Turner Field on Wednesday afternoon, Takashi Saito gained more confidence in the possibility that he will be activated from the disabled list when he becomes eligible on Saturday.
"Today's bullpen [session] wasn't about how good or bad I felt," Saito said through his interpreter. "It was just to show myself that I could throw off a mound."
Braves manager Bobby Cox said he is hoping that Saito will be back in the Braves' bullpen on Saturday. The 40-year-old, right-handed reliever will complete some fielding drills on Thursday, and then complete another bullpen session on Friday before the club's medical staff determines whether he is healthy enough to return.
Saito, who has posted a 2.92 ERA in 25 appearances as Atlanta's top setup man this year, has been sidelined since straining his left hamstring during the ninth inning of a June 3 game at Dodger Stadium.
"I really believe that I do want to come back by Saturday, but I still can't say that for sure," Saito said. "I need to speak with the pitching coach, trainers and Bobby about it first."
Chipper not ready to publicly discuss future
ATLANTA -- When Chipper Jones returned to Turner Field on Wednesday, he was still providing every indication that he plans to retire at the end of this season. But with some contractual details still being negotiated, the Braves' third baseman wasn't ready to publicly discuss his future.
"There's no change," Jones said. "After all the courtesy that I've given you all over the years, I would hope that I would be given the same courtesy to be able to do this in my own time and my own way.
"I will address the media when the time is right. Right now, all my questions are not answered. When that happens, I'll come to [the media] and answer all the questions that I can. Hopefully it's very soon."
Jones met with Braves officials on Tuesday and informed them that he is leaning toward retiring at the end of this season. But until the two sides determine what to do with the $28 million he is owed in 2011 and '12, the 38-year-old veteran will keep his thoughts somewhat private.
"I realize this is a pressing story and it's big around the Atlanta area," Jones said. "But again, I want to do this my way, and hopefully everybody can understand that, because there are some things that need to be addressed before I start answering questions about my future."
After having a chance to rest his sore right ring finger for three days, Jones returned to the Braves' lineup on Tuesday night and constructed a two-hit performance that included his fourth homer of the season. While this successful night might not have altered his long-term plans beyond the conclusion of this season, it did give him encouragement that he could deal with his troublesome finger with some occasional rest.
"Bobby [Cox] is the manager," Jones said. "I've told him if he puts me in the lineup, I'm playing. We keep the communication lines open. He knows that every now and then, I need a day, even if I am healthy. With the vast amount of injuries, sometimes it's more than a couple of days. But like I said, I have the utmost confidence that these guys [Omar Infante and Brooks Conrad] will fill in at a very high level."
Resop sent to DL; Chavez recalled
ATLANTA -- Chris Resop will have to wait at least another two weeks before having a chance to prove to the Braves that he could be a reliable member of their big league pitching staff.
Less than 24 hours after allowing five earned runs and five hits in a two-inning relief appearance, Resop returned to Turner Field on Wednesday and was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle.
Ironically, with the corresponding move, the Braves recalled Jesse Chavez from Triple-A Gwinnett. Chavez was optioned to Gwinnett on Tuesday to make room for Resop's promotion to the big league roster.
Had the Braves not added Resop to their 25-man roster by Tuesday, he would have had the right to request a trade. Because he is out of options, he would first have to pass through waivers if the organization opts to send him back to the Minors at some point this year.
Resop posted a 1.84 ERA and notched 83 strikeouts in the 73 1/3 innings he completed during his 13 starts with Gwinnett this year. The Rangers and D-backs attempted to acquire him via a trade on Monday.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.