Braves right fielder Jason Heyward had to leave Wednesday night’s game against the Nationals with a sore right groin and said afterward it might be a couple of days before he can return.
“In my mind, I’d like to be back out there tomorrow,” Heyward said after the game. “More than likely I’m going to say we’d be a little more cautious than that. I imagine I’ll probably be sore tomorrow, but I would like to say a day, or two or three.”
Heyward first felt it while backing up Nate McLouth on a flyball in the first inning. He lined out in his at-bat in the top of the second inning and then was replaced by Melky Cabrera in the field in the bottom of the second.
“When I got back to my position it just felt sore,” Heyward said. “No pop, no strain, nothing like that. No sharp pain, no ache. Almost like a bruise on a muscle….I waited around a while to see if it would go away or settle down and it didn’t.”
The Braves rookie sensation has only missed one start in the Braves first 27 games, and that was just for a day of rest courtesy of manager Bobby Cox. Heyward missed some spring training games with shin splints in late March, this Wednesday was the first time he’s had to leave a regular season game due to an injury.
Heyward, recently named NL rookie of the month for April, had homered in four of his previous five games. He’d driven in runs in five consecutive games for a total of eight RBIs in that span.
Heyward leads all major league rookies and the Braves with eight homers and 24 RBIs.