ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones has been saying for days that he doesn't want to hear how any of his teammates are tired or hurting. All the third baseman wants is "all hands on deck" as the Braves try to close out the regular season with a Wild Card berth in hand.
Jones will be practicing what he's been preaching from here on out.
The third baseman was in the Braves' lineup in Tuesday night's 7-1 loss to the Phillies, despite an MRI revealing a bone bruise and fluid in the joint of his troublesome right knee.
"I've been preaching all along," Jones said. "People are tired, people are hurt. So what? Let's go. Let's wrap it up."
Jones said occasional rest won't do him much good, as the knee likely won't start showing signs of improvement until the offseason. The 39-year-old plans to remain in the lineup as long as the Braves are in the running.
"[Head athletic trainer] Bubba [Porter] said I should start feeling better around Thanksgiving," Jones said. "I doubt a day here or a day there is going to do much good."
Jones seemed to aggravate the knee as he ran from second to third base in the sixth inning of Monday's loss the Phillies. He underwent an X-ray following the game before having the MRI exam Tuesday morning.
His right knee has bothered him most of the season and has only slightly improved since he underwent arthroscopic surgery in July to repair a torn meniscus.
"I wanted to know exactly what was causing the pain," he said. "Nothing was showing up. There weren't any loose bodies on the X-rays, which was a good thing."
It's strictly a matter of playing through pain for Jones. Manager Fredi Gonzalez may try to lift Jones for a pinch-runner or defensive substitution in the later innings, depending on the score.
"He wants in. He doesn't want to come out of that lineup and I didn't expect him to," Gonzalez said. "We'll adjust as the game goes on."
Jones said that his knee's latest issue won't have any effect on his decision to return in 2012.
"We'll worry about next year next year," he said. "I'm still intent on coming back. I thoroughly expect to have some problems with it again at points next year."
Hudson pressed into service; Beachy next?
ATLANTA -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez wanted both Tim Hudson and Brandon Beachy to make their next starts in the postseason.
But after Tuesday night's 7-1 loss against the Phillies and the Cardinals' win over the Astros forged a National League Wild Card tie, Gonzalez will use Hudson in Wednesday night's regular-season finale.
If the Braves and Cards finish Wednesday with identical records, a one-game tiebreaker will be played in St. Louis on Thursday at 8:07 p.m. ET. Beachy would start that game for Atlanta.
Club getting a little help from its friends
ATLANTA -- It might be proof that the baseball world is a small one or maybe simply coincidence. But when the Braves have needed help during the regular season's final week both of the past two seasons, key members of their organization have been able to send a request to some close friends.
As they attempt to protect the one-game lead they own over the Cardinals in the National League Wild Card race, the Braves are hoping to get some help from manager Brad Mills and his Astros club.
After the Astros claimed a 10-inning win over the Cardinals on Monday night, Braves general manager Frank Wren sent Mills a congratulatory text message. Wren and Mills were roommates while playing for Double-A Memphis in 1980.
Before clinching the Wild Card on the regular season's final day last year, the Braves received some help from the Cubs as they took three of four from the Padres during the final week.
As Cubs manager Mike Quade's team was proving successful in San Diego, he was receiving some congratulatory messages from his former college roommate, Braves third-base coach Brian Snitker.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Chris Cox is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.