Aug 6, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward (22) holds his head after an apparent injury during an at bat in the first inning against the Washington Nationals while manager Fredi Gonzalez (left) looks on at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Braves' Heyward: Injury Update

Jeff Schafer posted last night about Jason Heyward leaving the game with an apparent neck injury of some kind…

Jason Heyward has left Tuesday nights game against the Nationals with an apparent muscle strain in his neck.  This occurred on a 0-1 pitch in the top of the first inning.  Heyward took a normal swing on a high pitch and you couldn’t see any initial reaction by JHey.  But after a few seconds of backing away from the plate, you could see something was strange.

Atlanta’s trainer Jeff Porter and Fredi Gonzalez came out to check on Heyward and stayed with him for a few minutes.  Heyward stayed in the game for his at-bat but flied out on the next pitch to short.

Heyward has been on a tear since the Braves placed in him the leadoff spot batting .343 (12-for-35) and actually Atlanta hasn’t lost a game when he’s batted first.  His batting average is up to .235 and he’s holding a .340 on base percentage.

We’ve waited most of the day for some word of an update on Heyward’s injury, and finally got some information from Mark Bowman.  Bowman recently tweeted an update on Heyward’s status.  Previously listed as Day-to-Day, we now know that…

David O’Brien tweeted the lineup, and Jason Heyward is back firmly in the leadoff position.  With Jeff Schafer’s nod this morning to the tear Jason Heyward has been on, the lack of an injury that could have sidelined the gold glover is great news indeed.



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