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Chipper Jones: How His Season-Ending Injury Alters the NL East Race

ESPN and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution are reporting that Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones has torn the ACL in his left knee and that it is a potentially season-ending injury.

Being that the Philadelphia Phillies are only 2.5 games back, this injury could affect the division race as well as the Wild Card.

If the Phillies were to catch Atlanta, then the Braves would have to try and hold off the San Francisco Giants to even make the postseason.

Here are some of the potential ways this major injury to the future Hall-of-Famer might affect things the rest of the way.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Adam Dunn, Lance Berkman and Prince Fielder

The trade deadline is a little more that 24 hours away, and teams are making moves.

The pretenders are trying to rid themselves of high priced veterans so that they can start over.

The contenders are looking for the final piece that will set them up for a long playoff run.

Now that Oswalt has been dealt, it seems as if it is time to make a move for one of the three big sluggers that might be available.

Yesterday, the talk was all about the Chicago White Sox acquiring Adam Dunn…

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MLB Trade Rumors: Scott Podsednik Dealt, Roy Oswalt Could Be Next

At least he still gets to wear blue…

Kansas City traded for two minor leaguers: catcher Lucas May and right-hander Elisaul Pimentel.

So far it’s the only trade in what many MLB insiders call a “quiet trade deadline.”

According to the LA Times, the Dodgers acquired Podsednik as a safeguard in case Manny Ramirez and Reed Johnson stay sidelined for a big chunk of time.

No time table has been set for the return of either Dodger outfielder.

Now let us get to the rumors…

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BLACK FRIDAY! B’s, C’s, Sox, Brady, Simmons…Oh, Boston!

You think Boston had a bad day on Friday because the Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics lost? You think the two blow out losses at home is what really hurt?

You think not closing out a team and moving on to the conference finals is what everyone will remember?

Oh, those were just the tipping points. In fact, those heart-wrenching defeats actually triggered so much more.

Panic is setting in.

Flip and find out how bad it really got….

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