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Jason Heyward leaves game after being hit in the side of the head with a pitch

Aug 21, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT

Jason Heyward AP

Braves outfielder Jason Heyward has left today’s Braves-Mets game in the top of the sixth after being hit in the head with a Jon Niese fastball.  Heyward stayed on the ground for a good while after being hit and then left the game. He appeared groggy, but there were no apparent external injuries, lacerations or the like.  Obviously a concussion is a major concern.

There was no purpose behind Jon Neise’s pitch. Neither the game situation nor any past history suggests an intent. It appeared to be a fastball that simply got away from him. Niese himself appeared to be off his game for the next couple of batters, allowing a couple of hits including an RBI.  He then bore down and struck out Chris Johnson.

We’ll have an updates on Heyward’s status when we get one.

  1. The Dangerous Mabry - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    It came awful close to catching him right in the face. Thank goodness he got his head turned enough to take it in the ear flap. Here’s hoping he’s alright.

    • sabatimus - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      Looked to me like it was just below the ear flap, at the jaw hinge. Heyward was spitting up blood afterward. I hope it didn’t get broken.

  2. rpiddy - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Yankees suck

  3. dondada10 - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    He was spitting up a good amount of blood.

  4. El Bravo - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Bummer. I very much hope his wounds are superficial.

  5. lanflfan - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    I’m not a Braves fan but I hope he is OK. I never like to hear about players getting hit in the head, way too many things can go wrong in that scenario.

    • hookersdontsnuggle - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      whats the point of starting that sentence off by letting everyone know you’re not a fan?

      • lanflfan - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        That a fan of any team can show support for an injured player, be it there own or the opposition.

  6. goskinsvt - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Saw him spitting out some blood on the way to the dugout, really tough dude.

  7. 13arod - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    **** he is on my fansty team

  8. sdelmonte - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Didn’t even know it was a day game till now. At which point I see that the bullpen sans Parnell and with all those injuries to starters once more leaks like a sieve. And that Niese seems to be doing better.

    Which is irrelevant to the lede here. Hope Mr. Heyward is okay.

    • The Dangerous Mabry - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      The bullpen got the game to extras, and gave up the runs after a bad call which should have ended the inning. Definitely a close play, but it was indeed a bad call. Can’t really say they “leaked like a sieve”, and it’s awfully rough to put a game that went to extras at 1-1 on the bullpen.

      • sdelmonte - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:45 PM

        Only saw the box, and not the full story, from my vantage point at work. But just read the recap. Almost glad to know that it was just one of those days, though still would have been happier with a good call and a win.

  9. kane337 - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Get well soon JHey

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