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Jason Heyward expects to return Wednesday

Jul 19, 2011, 10:02 PM EDT

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Jason Heyward is being held out of the Braves’ lineup for the second straight night as a result of being hit on the top of his left foot by a pitch during Sunday’s game against the Nationals.

Heyward dealt with some swelling and pain on Monday which made it difficult to run, but arrived at the ballpark today ready to play. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez decided to sit him as a precaution, but Heyward told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he plans to return to the lineup tomorrow night.

“I let [Fredi Gonzalez] know before we got here that I wanted to play,” Heyward said before batting practice Tuesday. “He said he’d like for me to take another day, just to make sure. So I’m going to do everything today and run around on it, and play [Wednesday].”

It doesn’t sound like Heyward’s foot will be much of an issue moving forward, but his lack of production is an ongoing concern. The 21-year-old outfielder is batting .237 with a .703 OPS since returning from a sore right shoulder in June, including a .200/.284/.367 batting line over his last 17 games.

  1. Utley's Hair - Jul 19, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    They’ll have cake and ice cream for him tomorrow.

  2. mercyflush - Jul 20, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    This guy is turning into the Greg Oden of MLB.

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 20, 2011 at 10:55 AM

      If you believe Chipper Jones, he’s more like Ricky Williams.

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