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Jason Heyward takes batting practice for first time since suffering jaw injury

Sep 13, 2013, 10:10 PM EST

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Braves outfielder Jason Heyward took batting practice prior to tonight’s game against the Padres, the first time he had done so since suffering a gruesome jaw injury a little more than three weeks ago, reports David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Heyward was wearing a modified batting helmet for extra protection.

Heyward was hit in the jaw by a Jon Niese fastball in the sixth inning of a game against the Mets on August 21. He had been on a hot streak ever since manager Fredi Gonzalez moved him into the leadoff spot on July 27. He logged 12 multi-hit games out of 21 starts, including six consecutively from August 11-17. He had bumped his OPS up to .771 at the time of his injury.

O’Brien notes that there is no timetable for Heyward’s return, but the Braves hope he will be able to log some at-bats before the regular season runs out so he can be ready to contribute in the playoffs.

  1. misterj167 - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Good for Jason, I hope he makes it back for the playoffs, we haven’t been the same offensively without him.

  2. atlsportingreports - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Reblogged this on atlsportingreports.

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