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Jason Heyward exits game, to have MRI on shoulder

May 10, 2011, 10:25 PM EDT

Jason Hayward

After leaving Tuesday’s game prior to the eighth inning, Jason Heyward admitted that he’s been dealing with soreness in his right shoulder since the spring.  He’s set to have an MRI.

Heyward, who went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts tonight, said the soreness has worsened in recent days and that he’s recently experienced numbness in his forearm.

Heyward is just 2-for-28 during May, and he’s yet to homer after hitting seven during the first month of the season.  His average is down to .220.

If Heyward lands on the DL, the Braves will go to Eric Hinske as their primary right fielder.  Such a switch would particularly hurt them defensively and deprive them of their top left-handed pinch-hitter.   Hinske, who had an RBI double off the bench tonight, is batting .359 in 39 at-bats.

With Jordan Schafer and Wilkin Ramirez both struggling at Triple-A Gwinnett, the Braves may well call up veteran Jose Constanza take Heyward’s spot on the roster.  Their lack of outfield depth is a real issue and something that might be addressed in a trade later on.

  1. skerney - May 10, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    Shoulder excuses are the new thumb excuses.

  2. 5thbase - May 11, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    He’s going to kill himself on the base-paths. Don’t know if that’s what caused this, but I wouldn’t be surprised. Need to learn how to go in feet first – then it’s the defensive player that can get hurt.

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