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Jason Heyward leaves the Braves’ 12th consecutive victory with a strained neck muscle

Aug 6, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

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David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Braves outfielder Jason Heyward was removed in the first inning of Tuesday’s game against the Nationals with a strained muscle in his neck.

Heyward appeared to tweak something on a swing during his at-bat in the top of the first inning and was replaced in the outfield in the bottom of that frame by Evan Gattis. The Braves are calling Heyward day-to-day for now and will reexamine him on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old right fielder spent time on the disabled list in April and May after undergoing an appendectomy. He also missed some games just before the All-Star break with a hamstring strain.

Heyward is hitting .234/.339/.386 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI in 83 games this season for the Braves, who grew their lead in the National League East standings to 14 1/2 games with Tuesday’s win over Washington.

It was the 12th victory in a row for this 69-45 Atlanta team.

  1. aceshigh11 - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Wow, the NL East is just a basket case of a division this year…one team running away with it, while every other team is under .500.

  2. scdocal - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    We need JHey in there. He is killing it as our leadoff guy. Hopefully he back in the lineup tomorrow

  3. westcoastredbird - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    This guy is in my fantasy baseball league team. This left earlobe strain might keep him out until the playoffs. I looking for Tim Hudson to rejoin the Braves before Heyward. Those eye lobs strains can be trouble!!!

  4. sportsfan18 - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    He is still young enough and talented to turn things around in his career. But he sure has under performed.

    He missed 20 games in his first season.
    He missed 34 games in his second season.
    He missed 4 games in his 3rd season, fantastic that year.

    He’s missed 31 out of 114 games so far this season.

    And he’s only 24 yrs old and he’s an OX at 6’5″ and 240 lbs.

    And his best season was his first season. It’s not unheard of to take a step back in one’s second season, but he’s in his 4th season and hasn’t surpassed his first season in results yet, although his 3rd season was close.

    If he continues on like this for several more yrs, missing 30 something games and and producing as he has so far in his career, the Braves will move on from him.

    I mean his OPS is only .787 career to date. For a man of his size and strength to not even be at or over .800 is surprising and disappointing.

    I mean little Lou Whitaker, the former Detroit 2nd baseman has a higher career OPS than this.

    • nsauser - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      Assuming this trend holds, I suppose Heyward will want a $100 million contract in 2016 right? 10 yrs would be ok with me. Braves have to be reasonable with their payroll . . .

  5. Walk - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    Heyward is starting to remind me of francouer. Talented defensively, but strikes out way too much. Right now a platoon of gattis and Schafer when Schafer returns will bridge the gap until heyward returns. I really like heyward hitting leadoff. As he works on his swing he can concentrate on cutting down k’s and just getting on base and some of the pressure is off him. He has responded quite well to his new role and I hope to see him return to the field soon.

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