Chipper upbeat about 18th season with Braves

ATLANTA (AP) - One year has made a big difference in Chipper Jones' outlook.

Jones says he is feeling optimistic about his health as he moves closer to his 18th season with the Braves. He has had two knee surgeries in the last two years and says he knows there will be days he will need to rest.

His 40th birthday comes in April, but the third baseman talked Tuesday about the possibility of playing in 2013.

It's a big change from a year ago. After a serious left knee injury ended his 2010 season, Jones began spring training last year uncertain if he would be able to play. He hit .275 with 18 homers despite missing most of July following surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee.