Updating the Braves' leg-contusion duo: catcher Brian McCann returned to the lineup Tuesday, and Chipper Jones hopes to come off the 15-day disabled list and play at the end of the week.

That's if the veteran third baseman can again convince team decision-makers to let him do it his way and return without any minor-league rehab stint. Manager Fredi Gonzalez would prefer at least a game or two of rehab for Jones, who took batting practice Tuesday for the first time since having May 26 surgery to drain a nasty hematoma on his lower left leg.

"I'm haggling with management right now as to whether I take a rehab assignment of not," said Jones, who would like to play as soon as Friday against Toronto, the first day he's eligible to come off the DL. "But the next couple of days will determine that."

Gonzalez said a decision might be a few days away. He smiled and said, "This is going to be the Gonzalez-Jones soap opera. The last answer I got from him was … he didn't give me an answer. That's what my wife usually does to me when she's not really onboard." [Laughter.]