In Jones's place, Matt Kemp started in center field,
Juan Pierre was in left field and Andre Ethier
started in right field. Kemp went 4-for-4 and had two
outfield assists to take over the Major League lead
with seven assists.
Jones' injury comes just as it seemed he could be turning the corner at the plate. Torre said he thought he saw some positive signs in Milwaukee on the last road trip, but felt that Jones's sore knee contributed to a regression over the weekend against the Angels. Jones went 3-for-20 on the recent road trip.
"He's had a cranky right knee," Torre said before the game. "It's just
a combination where he has struggled with the bat and
he's flying out on the front side. I just decided to
give him the night off."
"The last two days he's gotten away from where he was
headed. In Milwaukee, I thought I saw some really good
signs. He had a home run, a couple of line drives up
the middle and he put the ball in play. He was showing
me things that he was starting to get a feel for what
he was doing. The knee was part of what the problem
was. The approach changed somewhat. It got him out of
his game and led to some strikeouts."
Torre also defended the struggling center fielder, who
has a .167 batting average in 42
games, with two home runs and 17 RBIs in 132 at-bats
in the first season of a two-year, $36 million
"For starters, he started off slowly and he's playing
for a new organization after playing for one
organization his entire career," Torre said. "A lot of
times, they don't admit that there are any emotions,
but having been around as long as I have been, there
"He's a very proud individual," Torre said. "I think
maybe some people think he doesn't care, but nothing
could be further from the truth. He cares very deeply
and he has a bunch of teammates who are pulling like
hell for him."
Jones had success after sessions with hitting
instructor Don Mattingly. Torre said the Dodgers will
see Mattingly in Chicago.
"We're going to see him in Chicago," Torre said. "His
impact is still felt. I think one thing he helps with
is the mental approach. You get up there and you start
thinking mechanically about your swing, and all of the
sudden, strike one. It's not easy."