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Jason Heyward leaves game with strained right hamstring

Jul 11, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

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Troubling development for the first-place Braves, as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Jason Heyward left tonight’s game against the Reds with a strained right hamstring.

After reaching on an infield single with two outs in the second inning, Heyward was advancing to third base on a single by Justin Upton before he hurt himself on a slide into the bag. The 23-year-old outfielder grabbed at his hamstring while laying on the ground before eventually getting to his feet and walking off under his own power. He’s scheduled to be reevaluated tomorrow, but it certainly looked like something that could require a trip to the disabled list.

Heyward has had a disappointing first half, batting .223/.321/.367 with seven home runs and 21 RBI in 67 games. He was previously sidelined from April 21-May 16 following an emergency appendectomy. Losing Heyward for any length of time hurts, but the Braves are slated to get both Evan Gattis and Jordan Schafer back from the disabled list right after the All-Star break.

  1. chc4 - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Troubling how? Heyward is so bad… having him out can only give a better player (Reed Johnson) a shot.

  2. tellitlikeitisty - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Jason…while being a real good guy,has now failed to hit over 227 in 2 of his last 3 seasons…he is beloved by baseball writers around the country and written about as if he will surely become the next Ken Griffey junior….just a quick count of my stacks of baseball magazines show Jason on 11 covers over the last 3 years…Freddie freeman made 1 (shared cover)…..GOOD KID….not very good player.

    • bolweevils2 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Well, in his defense he might have been a little unlucky so far based on his BABIP. And in June it sure looked like he was coming out of it (.312/.370/.495/.865) But he’s been back to miserable again so far in July.

  3. specialkindofstupid - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Heyward is an enigma, wrapped in a riddle, smothered in secret sauce. He’s capable of being so great, but hasn’t as of yet. And that’s been especially true this season.

    So, is it bad he’s likely DL bound? Sure. But Reed Johnson as a fill in, with Gattis and Schafer due back soon, will do fine.

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