First off, what we can tell you right now is the injury to Jason Heyward seemed like it just creeped up this morning and didn’t happen on an at-bat or any fluke accident. So don’t get too panicked or worried reading this.
Jason did leave the game on Monday in the 4th inning because of lower back tightness or soreness.
Atlanta’s doctors evaluated the injury and said his status is day-to-day.
“Just before his first at-bat he said ‘skip, my back is tightening up on me a little bit'” Manager Fredi Gonzalez told reporters after the game.
Heyward then went to the plate in the 2nd inning and grounded out to first base. He stayed in the game for the next inning but was then removed and replaced by Ryan Doumit.
“He’s day-to-day,” Gonzalez said. “Hopefully tomorrow he wakes up and feels better. I know the training staff has been working on him since the 3rd inning so hopefully we get him back on the field in the next couple of days.”
I think we can all agree that we need Heyward in the lineup. JHey is hitting .260 with a .350 on-base percentage. In his last 30 games, he’s hitting .293 with a home run, 15 runs, 13 RBIs and three stolen bases. In his last 14 games, he’s hitting .323 with a homer, seven runs, six RBIs and a stolen base.
Jason was given the day off on Sunday to get some rest.
“Absolutely,” Fredi said when asked if this just popped up and it wasn’t anything he’s heard of before. “This must of happened right at the beginning of the game.”
The Braves now travel to LA to take on the Dodgers…it would be ideal to have Jason Heyward in our lineup.