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Heyward held off base for first time this spring

Mar 20, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

heyward sunglasses.JPGBraves phenom Jason Heyward failed to register a hit or walk for the first time this spring during Saturday’s 7-6 exhibition loss to the Blue Jays.

According to Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, who has apparently nicknamed the kid “J-Hey,” it’s the first time the 20-year-old has been held off the basepaths since the Grapefruit League schedule got underway in early March.

Heyward finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the contest, snapping a nine-game hitting streak and dropping his Grapefruit League batting average slightly to .387.  He now stands 12-for-31 this spring with four doubles, a home run and nine walks, and has struck out only five times.  The Braves haven’t made anything official yet, but it’s safe to say Heyward is more than ready to take over the club’s starting right field gig.

  1. Ray Steele - Mar 21, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    Mr. Heyward actually says the nickname was acquired in high school. It has been co-opted by Mr. O’Brien, though.
    Personally, I think Mr. Heyward is more appropriate.

  2. AJ - Mar 21, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    Thats it…back to the minors!!!

  3. peteinfla - Mar 21, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Hey Drew, have any of you checked on Craig today? Given the above news, I imagine he is lying on the floor in the fetal position, sobbing hysterically.

  4. YX - Mar 21, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    “Henderson lukewarm”

  5. smokehouse - Mar 21, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Who cares?

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