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MRI comes back negative on Jason Heyward’s shoulder

Oct 10, 2011, 6:58 PM EDT

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The Braves haven’t promised Jason Heyward the starting right field job next season, but he’ll at least go into the winter with some peace of mind about his right shoulder.

According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, an MRI on Heyward’s shoulder came back negative. The 22-year-old missed four weeks during the first half of the season due to recurring soreness, an injury which likely contributed to his disappointing sophomore campaign. While tests haven’t revealed anything serious, he’ll be placed on a “maintenance and stretching program” to help strengthen the shoulder.

After finishing as the runner-up to Giants’ catcher Buster Posey for National League Rookie of the Year in 2010, Heyward batted just .227/.319/.389 with 14 home runs, 42 RBI and a .708 OPS over 454 plate appearances this season.

  1. marshmallowsnake - Oct 10, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    Does this mean that he does not have a shoulder?

    • D.J. Short - Oct 10, 2011 at 7:58 PM

      That totally explains his sophomore slump.

      • cintiphil - Oct 11, 2011 at 11:55 AM

        This is really the time for a trade, while he has some value. He may need another city to play in for a change. That is the main reason Rasmus was traded to Toronto. That will be his last chance to shine. If he fails in Toronto he is done for the majors. If they let Jason crash and burn in Atlanta, he may never amount to anything. Unless this guy is just injury prone, which will happen anywhere.

  2. Walk - Oct 10, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    His slump was caused by smashing one pitch in twenty or so on the outer portion of the plate. He would then proceed to pop up or hit weak grounders on the next nineteen or so then suddenly smash one getting our hopes back up only to repeat the same thing over and over. You could see him at times start going the other way with those pitches then suddenly he would just stop after two or three at bats and then go right back to trying to pull everything. Honestly at this point i would rather have francouer.

  3. halladaysbicep - Oct 10, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    Go Phillies

    • cintiphil - Oct 11, 2011 at 11:51 AM

      You again? Get out of here.

    • marshmallowsnake - Oct 11, 2011 at 12:11 PM

      To the golf course?

      • cintiphil - Oct 11, 2011 at 2:17 PM


  4. rmoore0730 - Oct 11, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    If Braves don’t trade JHay this season – .they need to be sending Jeff Francoeur an apology and flowers.

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