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Jason Heyward to avoid DL after MRI shows inflammation

May 12, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

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Jason Heyward may get the weekend off, but he’s not expected to go on the disabled list after an MRI Thursday showed only inflammation and no structural damage in his right shoulder.

Heyward received a cortisone shot and is expected to take at least two days off.  He could be used as a pinch-hitter tonight if neded.

Heyward admitted after Tuesday’s game that he’s been battling soreness in his non-throwing shoulder since the spring.  He’s currently in a 2-for-28 slump that has lowered his average to .220.

Eric Hinske is playing right field in Heyward’s place again tonight.

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