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Jason Heyward to miss rest of regular season following surgery on jaw

Aug 22, 2013, 9:10 PM EDT

Braves outfielder Jason Heyward underwent surgery today after he fractured his right jaw when he was hit in the face by a pitch from Mets’ left-hander Jon Niese yesterday. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal has the latest news on when we can expect to see him on the field again:

Heyward was originally estimated to miss 4-6 weeks, so this isn’t exactly a surprising development. Mark Bowman of notes that Heyward didn’t have to have his jaw wired shut after surgery, which is encouraging news for his ability to maintain strength during his rehab process, but he’s far from a lock to make it back for the postseason. And even if he does, it’s fair to wonder how the time off will affect him. Jordan Schafer and Evan Gattis will both be asked to take on larger roles in the Braves’ outfield moving forward.

  1. johnnysoda - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Obviously, this isn’t much of a worry for the regular season. If he has to miss the NLDS, however, that could be lethal for Atlanta depending on who they face.

  2. vwbrown19 - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Speedy recovery J-Hey my favorite MLB player

  3. scdocal - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Anytime BJ wants to step up it would be greatly appreciated. Schafer is struggling as is Gattis. Not having JHey is going to kill the braves

    • greymares - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      Stop it they were losing the first playoff series with their best possible line-up against anybody.

      • bravojawja - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        Man, the spam filter just isn’t working at all today, is it?

  4. necr0philia - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    @scdocal I couldn’t agree more. This is sad as a braves fan because we have not been in the picture for a long time. “IF” BJ could step up and preform half of what he was suppose to we might be ok! I hope for a speedy recovery for JHey! Chop Chop!!

    • greymares - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      the highest offer for B.J. was 51 million for 5 but the Braves had to go all in on a mediocre talent and offer 75 million. such a deal, Ha Ha.

  5. untamedride - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    if he can ever stand in the box and not bail out on every inside pitch, he is truly one tough SOB. i took one to the mouth in JV, could never get back in the box. it was track for me from there on out

  6. tyk55 - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Jon Niese should face assault with a deadly weapon.

  7. badintent - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Jason didn’t break his jaw. IT was broken when a ball thrown by a no talent redneck AAA POS threw it at him.
    Class dismissed
    P.S. this is why Dumpster Dempster should get a 12 game suspension.

    • hasbeen5 - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      Clearly not intentional, go back to your hole.

    • greymares - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      Actually Heyward was not athletic enough to duck. when your diving in you have to be well aware of the up and in fastball.

      • Arods Other Doctor - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        I would be willing to bet you’ve never hit a decent curve in your life. Moron.

  8. spacemaker101 - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Braves still gonna win

  9. atlfan31833 - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Praying for a full and speedy recovery.

  10. cjvanhorn - Aug 23, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Reblogged this on THE QUARTERBACK and commented:
    The Braves currently hold a 14-game lead over the Washington Nationals in the NL East, so this is not a huge blow at the moment. Barring some insane collapse the Braves are going to make the playoffs. However if Heyward can’t return for the postseason then it becomes a problem for Atlanta. Heyward has battled injuries all season and though his offensive numbers aren’t eye-popping (.253/.347/.771, 13 HR, 37 RBI) he is a very important defensive player for the Braves. He hadn’t recorded an error all season and had a perfect fielding percentage. The Braves have lost six players to season-ending operations, including starting pitcher Tim Hudson and key relievers Eric O’Flaherty and Jonny Venters.

  11. scdocal - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    @grey u obviously don’t know much about JHey. He is more talented the. Any outfielder on ur team. It’ has nothing to do with talent. When u dive in for to the plate those pitches high and tight will hit you. Ur weight has u going into the other batters box so it is impossible to get out of the way.

  12. cincinata - Aug 23, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Heyward was always thought of as a great talent, however he never lived up to that. He did and does have great ability and is a great prospect, but never really met the standard of a great player. He is still very good on defense and contributes there. If they can find a guy who hits over .270 and about 12-15 H-R’s a year, they can easily replace his bat. It will be hard to replace his glove. Lets not make too much out of this loss, except that it is a personal loss for him. The Braves have live through more difficult losses.

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