ST. PETERSBURG -- David Ross was behind the plate on Sunday as the battery mate for Tim Hudson for good reason.
For one, it allowed Brian McCann a chance to rest after the 28-year-old catcher played six consecutive days and 11 of the past 12 games.
It also gave Hudson another chance to connect with Ross. The two combined to go 8-5 as a duo last season.
"They have a pretty good history, a really good history," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Ross started Hudson's May 9 start in which the 36-year-old right-hander made his season debut and tossed just 73 pitches over seven innings in a 1-0 loss to the Cubs.
McCann caught Hudson in his last start on May 15, when Hudson allowed two runs over seven innings in the Braves' 6-2 win over the Reds.
With Jack Wilson making the start at shortstop, Gonzalez somewhat joked that Hudson also had a personal shortstop.
"I like it like this because you play [Tyler Pastornicky] and you develop him," Gonzalez said. "You play Jack, you give Tyler a breather, keep Jack fresh. And you know you're going to get a lot of ground balls with Huddy. It's a good mix."
Chipper remains day to day
ST. PETERSBURG -- Chipper Jones was out of the lineup once again on Sunday because of a bruise on his left calf. Manager Fredi Gonzalez did not sound too optimistic about Jones' chances for playing on Monday when the Braves begin a four-game series against the Reds in Cincinnati.
"He's walking around better," Gonzalez said. "Hopefully, [he can play on Monday] and maybe even Tuesday. It's going to be something it may be for two months, he's going to have to wear a protector for at least ... two months."
Jones, who was injured during Friday's game, emphasized the need for a protective guard after Saturday's game, in which he did not play.
"I'm going to have to wear a shinguard the rest of the season," said Jones, who had a bandage over part of the bruised area that was about six inches in diameter. "If I get hit there again, then it's over."
Jones, who celebrated his 40th birthday almost a month ago, has had a tough go of it in his farewell tour.
He injured his left knee toward the end of Spring Training when he slipped while stretching before batting practice. It ironically occurred just moments before his scheduled news conference where he announced he would retire at the end of the season.
Jones, who had been on a roll at the plate with a .365 batting average with two homers and 10 RBIs since May 2, was excited about having "100 or so friends" from areas near Deland and Jacksonville come to see him play on Saturday.
Unfortunately, those plans changed.
On a positive note, Jones received a standing ovation from the large crowd at Tropicana Field while a video tribute of his career played on the Jumbotron in right field on Sunday. Jones stepped out of the dugout and tipped his cap to the crowd and the Rays' dugout in appreciation.
Chris Girandola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.