Heyward scratched from lineup with sore shin

Viera, Fla. – Rookie sensation Jason Heyward was scratched from the Braves’ lineup Sunday due to shin splints, a condition that’s not considered serious but could linger if not taken care of early.

The 245-pound right fielder had received treatment on his left shin for the past couple of days, but the Braves decided to rest him Sunday when he had discomfort in batting practice.

“It’s just one of those things you want to nip in the bud, before it does become something that could put you out for a week,” general manager Frank Wren said.

It’s uncertain how much Heyward will play in the remaining four Grapefruit League games in Florida, before they return to Atlanta for their final exhibition games Friday and Saturday against the Chicago White Sox at Turner Field.

“He’s got to take some time off from running,” manager Bobby Cox said. “He’ll be fine…. Give him a couple of days off and see what happens.”

Heyward, 20, is the No. 1 prospect in baseball and has been one of the biggest stories in the majors this spring, for his tape-measure, car window-smashing batting-practice homers and his performance in games.

He’s batting .347 with one homer, five RBI, nine walks and nine strikeouts in 49 at-bats — the second-most at-bats on the team before Sunday.

The Braves open the regular season April 5 against the Chicago Cubs, and Heyward is penciled in as their right fielder.  Cox announced Friday that Heyward secured a spot on the opening day roster.

Brent Clevlen replaced in the lineup for Sunday’s game against Washington.

Shin splints are  “overuse” injuries often found in runners and aggressive walkers, according to MedicineNet.com. It’s fairly common among all levels of athletes as well as military personnel and others who do rigorous exercise.

The injury is to the front of the outer leg, and the usual symptom is inflammation resulting from injury to a tendon and adjacent tissue. The condition often results from a sudden increase in the intensity of workouts.

MedicineNet.com reports the common treatment is a “multifaceted” program that can include:

* Workouts such as stationary bicycling or pool running: These will allow maintenance of cardiovascular fitness.

* Icing reduces inflammation.

* Anti-inflammatory medications.

* A 4-inch wide Ace bandage wrapped around the region also helps reduce discomfort.

* Calf and anterior (front of) leg stretching and strengthening addresses the biomechanical problems discussed above and reduce pain.

* Shoe inserts (orthotics).

* Stretching and strengthening exercises are done twice a day.

* Run only when symptoms have generally resolved (often about two weeks).

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March 28th, 2010
1:23 pm


And get better Jward

Braves Fan

March 28th, 2010
1:26 pm


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March 28th, 2010
1:37 pm

Not good news. Shin splints tend to linger and be debilitating if allowed to progress too far. I had them as a senior in high school and it was weeks before I could get back on the field. The first day back a blow to the shin area and the remainder of the season was lost. I’m sure the Braves have much better trainers and therapy programs so hopefully they can prevent a recurrence. This is an injury that cannot be played thru – it will only aggravate it.


March 28th, 2010
2:22 pm

For being such a young guy Heyward sure does get hurt a lot. Could it be that he has been getting his training from Chipper? A broken nail has him down for days. Heyward better man up.

SC Ace

March 28th, 2010
2:35 pm

Not worried about anyone “manning up” in spring training. But jhey does seem a bit prone to these little knick knack deals. Take care of yourself, big guy


March 28th, 2010
3:13 pm

One down (Acosta) one (Chavez) to go. He probably sealed his fate today with another three run inning.

Rich W

March 28th, 2010
4:55 pm

It’s interesting that Heyward will be wearing number 22. And details about the choice?

Does anyone know what Braves have worn number 22?

Also, are their any websites for searching for uniform numbers by player or team?




March 28th, 2010
5:00 pm

I think Bill Naharodny wore 22. Maybe it was 11 and he was just twice as good as everyone else.


March 28th, 2010
5:06 pm


Thanks for the input from someone who probably has never played a sport in their life. It’s spring training not the middle of the season if you get hurt you sit out so it doesn’t get worse. And you can’t play through shin splints you stupid mook.


March 28th, 2010
5:07 pm


22 was last worn by Casey Kotchman and before that was worn by Marcus Giles. Giles is probably the best player to ever wear it, at least to my knowledge.


March 28th, 2010
5:08 pm

Rich W, I don’t believe “22″ has any special significance. It’s available now because Casey Kotchman (and then Adam LaRoche) wore it last year. I’m pretty sure one my all-time favorite Braves, Brian Asselstine, wore it during his brief and undistinguished career in the ’70s.


March 28th, 2010
5:12 pm

Didn’t Brett Butler wear that number 22? Rowland Office, too, I think.


March 28th, 2010
5:33 pm

scottbravesfan – I guess you were a soft little girl that was always afraid to get your dress dirty. Men play sports – girls play with dolls. Time for you to go get your dolly – let the men discuss baseball.

I don't know Margo!

March 28th, 2010
8:33 pm

Todd – Not sure if you knew, but It’s spring training. These games don’t matter.

“Now why is the carpet wet, Todd?!?!”


March 28th, 2010
8:58 pm

Hey Margo, why don’t you and Scottie go play with with your dolls. Remember men will handle the baseball details. You little weasel.

Jeff Francoeur

March 28th, 2010
9:03 pm

Quit being such a sissy boy Jason. I am making millions in New York and you and crying about sore legs. You aren’t going to cut it bud.


March 28th, 2010
9:23 pm

Actually I think Scottie changed his name to Margo once I exposed her as the little girl she is.


March 29th, 2010
5:36 am

Yep , had shin splints when I was a gymnast as a youngin. They are painful, and you can’t run, and sometimes walk if they are bad. No fun, and he needs to get fixed up as soon as possible. “Lingering” can mean he has them for months if not taken care of.


Dorothy Davis

March 29th, 2010
11:11 am

Come on now folks…we’ve all had them (shin splints) and know what causes them. So where is the trainer when this happens? Don’t tell me he never had them in the minors. Get smart Jason.

Nittany Lion

March 29th, 2010
11:24 am

Jason will take his couple of days rest and get this taken care of and it will not linger. IMO he will not end up like Chipper who for every bruise is out three games. This is spring training and he is not needed now. The games don’t matter. He will be in the line-up everyday when needed. Oh, and Todd I know some girls who could talk more baseball than you could ever know.


March 29th, 2010
11:27 am

I was a runner in high school and I know first hand that running with shin splints is very possible…I had them on more than one occasion. Take a couple of advil before the game and give em a good soak in an ice bath after the game, however the time to “man up” is the regular season, no sense in not resting them now. Good choice Jason.

Dave Wilmot

March 29th, 2010
12:20 pm

Jason picked #22 in honor of his team mate Andrew Wilmot and Andy’s mom Tammie Ruston. Andy was killed in a car wreck Jason’s senior year and he wanted to honer Tammie and Andy by wearing Andy’s old high school number. See the attached article below. I know why he picked this because I am Andy’s dad.



March 29th, 2010
2:59 pm

Todd sounds like a bench warmer who doesn’t know squat about anything. I guess Tyler Hansbrough is a little girl too. Stay down there at the end of the bench and eat your greasy hoagie you flatulent fat punk.


March 29th, 2010
7:58 pm

Achilles, why don’t you go practice your cheers and get your make up on. The season is about to start – the men will discuss baseball matters. Funny how little worms like you hide behind a computer screen and act tough.

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