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Jason Heyward leaves game with back injury

Jul 28, 2014, 1:18 PM EDT

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Braves right fielder Jason Heyward left this afternoon’s game what the team is calling lower back soreness.

Heyward has played 103 of the Braves’ first 106 games, hitting .260 with nine homers, 12 steals, and a .729 OPS, including a career-low .379 slugging percentage.

He was replaced in right field by Ryan Doumit, but the Braves would almost surely turn elsewhere if a longer-term fill in was needed.

  1. thenaturalmevs - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    This whole ‘baseball thing’ is not working out very well for the guy everyone was calling ‘the future of the game’ back in 2010. He and Bryce Harper should start looking at potential future home prices in Bustville.

    • illegalblues - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      he has 4.1 WAR this year, not exactly a bust.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jul 28, 2014 at 3:20 PM

        Yeah. He hasn’t been the megastar many hoped and dreamed he’d become, but let’s get a grip here.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:51 AM

        I’d take that fWAR number with a grain of salt – his defensive numbers are absurd this year. That said, he’s not quite twenty-five yet and owns a career 117 wRC+ at ages when most players are in college and the minors, and he really is a very good defensive RF, if not the +35 guy UZR has him this season.

      • thenaturalmevs - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        Yeah, defensive WAR loves him. But I’ve watched him and he cannot hit his way out of a wet paper sack.

  2. baberuthslegs - Jul 28, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Jason is good trade bait. I say trade him now while the Braves can get something for him… maybe lots of something.

  3. shyts7 - Jul 28, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Jason has so much potential yet is always hurt. While the guy is young and has plenty of time to show everyone his potential, I’m starting to wonder with all the injuries if he ever will show everyone the talent he has.

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