Chipper Jones tested his tender big toe with some running and manager Bobby Cox put the third baseman back in the Atlanta Braves lineup Tuesday night.
Jones returned against the San Francisco Giants and reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, and Cox said he would monitor how his No. 3 hitter does on the basepaths.
"I don't know how much he's going to limp," Cox said. "He came out and ran and did pretty well. We'll see how it goes."
Jones injured the big toe on his right foot Thursday night and had been limited to one pinch-hit appearance since, getting a go-ahead single Sunday against Toronto. He doubled in his first at-bat against the Giants.
The reigning NL batting champion was hitting .319 with four home runs and 16 RBIs and had hit safely in 12 of his previous 15 games, getting four multihit games and hitting .390 (16 for 41) during that span.
The Braves placed right-hander Buddy Carlyle on the 15-day disabled list with an upper back strain and activated righty Jorge Campillo from the DL. Campillo missed 35 games with rotator cuff tendinitis in his throwing shoulder.
Cox was still being cautious with shortstop Yunel Escobar, who is nursing an injured right hip flexor and missed his fourth straight start. Cox said he would consider using Escobar in Wednesday afternoon's series finale with the Giants or possibly waiting until the team's four-game series at Arizona starting Thursday.
Right-hander Tim Hudson, meanwhile, threw off a mound for the first time since spring training _ a significant step in his recovery from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last year. Hudson was scheduled to throw again Wednesday, 20 pitches at 50 percent effort level.
"I'm shooting for August," he said. "It's hard to think it's going to be another 2 1/2 to 3 months until I can get back to pitching. I feel further ahead than that. But I don't want to rush things. It's a step. It's coming back. I feel like some of my better years are ahead of me. My shoulder is stronger than ever and I've got a new elbow."
The former 20-game winner has said he'd be willing to come back as a reliever if that would help the team and allow him to get back sooner.
Hudson went 11-7 with a 3.17 ERA in 22 starts last year before leaving his July 23 outing after six scoreless innings. Dr. James Andrews performed his surgery in August.
Cox is hopeful of having a healthy Hudson during the stretch run.
"He's feeling really good," Cox said. "We'd love to be in contention or a game or two ahead and get him back in August sometime. He needs to follow the rules. He knows. He'll be careful."