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Braves activate Jason Heyward from the disabled list

Sep 20, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

Jason Heyward AP

When Jason Heyward‘s jaw was fractured in two places as the result of being hit by a pitch from Mets left-hander Jon Niese on August 21, it was assumed that he would miss the rest of the regular season, but Mark Bowman of reports that he has been activated from the disabled list and will bat leadoff and play center field this afternoon against the Cubs.

Heyward required surgery to address the fractures, but his rehab went smoothly and he progressed to facing live pitching in recent days. He’s expected to wear a custom helmet fitted with a plastic guard attached to protect his jaw, but getting some at-bats down the stretch will be a big plus, as he’ll be able to get comfortable and shake the rust before the postseason begins.

Heyward, 24, is batting .253/.347/.423 with 13 home runs and 37 RBI over 95 games this season. He has a .414 on-base percentage and .994 OPS in 22 games out of the leadoff spot.

  1. skids003 - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Welcome back, Big Guy, great to see you.

  2. spacemaker101 - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Yes, great to see him

  3. scubagolfjim - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Accurate: When Jason Heyward’s jaw was fractured in two places when he was hit by a pitch from Mets left-hander Jon Niese on August 21…

    Accurate: When Mets left-hander Jon Niese hit Jason Heyward with a pitch on August 21, fracturing Heyward ‘s jaw in two places…

    Inaccurate: When Jason Heyward fractured his jaw in two places when he was hit by a pitch from Mets left-hander Jon Niese on August 21…

    Literal deduction from the inaccurate statement: Yes. Jason Heyward fractured his own jaw. He did it when he was hit by a pitch from Niese because he felt that that was the appropriate time for him to do that to himself.

    Now, if someone falls from a tree and breaks his/her arm, yes, it is accurate to state that the person broke their arm. Because their action is the cause of the result. Jason’s actions did not cause his fractured jaw.

    This was also pointed out, not by me, about previous badly worded statements in previous stories on this issue. Did they not teach Reading Comprehension and Composition wherever D.J Short went to earn his “credentials” to become a sports “reporter?”

    Okay, pet peeves out of the way….


    Now, any bets on how many up-and-ins he gets thrown in tight situations because the opposing pitcher hasn’t got the ability to get him out “legitimately?”

    • knowlegeforyou - Sep 20, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      In the fall out of a tree case, wouldn’t stepping into a batters box with a guy throwing a baseball 91 mph in his direction be a good reason for fault? He didn’t duck so maybe it is his fault. lol Just thinking out loud

      • scubagolfjim - Sep 20, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        Well, if the tree threw the person out, it would be equivalent. If a branch broke it would also be equivalent, because then the act causing the break would’ve been the result of the tree’s action. But the simple act of not getting out of the way in time to avoid the pitcher’s action is not.

        BTW… I knew someone would challenge that! LOL!!

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