Heyward likely to miss Thursday’s game, hopes not much more – updated

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.

75 comments Add your comment

william

May 5th, 2010
8:22 pm

Good news for other teams..bad news for us…

No more #71...

May 5th, 2010
8:28 pm

He’ll be fine.

GTsteve

May 5th, 2010
8:33 pm

Who is that wearing no 10 and what has he done with Chipper…lol

joe jones

May 5th, 2010
8:41 pm

Braves can’t win without Heyward in the lineup. Melky and Glaus need to be traded, cut, released, put on the DL, sent to single A just get them off the team.

shawn

May 5th, 2010
8:42 pm

Let’s hope that he’ll be back soon because this team without him can not hit……….

tristan

May 5th, 2010
8:43 pm

Sounds like Jason has a case of the Chipper Joneses.

GTP

May 5th, 2010
8:46 pm

Heyward injured his groin while carrying the rest of the team.

Atl Resident

May 5th, 2010
8:47 pm

To be real, looking at how they playing, does it really matter that Heyward is out of lineup?

Jones

May 5th, 2010
8:50 pm

I know my Braves history, Heyward will come back too soon, will hurt all year,
will be not near what he could have been. Shame that they never learn

Craig

May 5th, 2010
8:52 pm

Man!! We are losing our best player’s JJ Esco And J-Hey!!!!!!!

hate 2 hear it

May 5th, 2010
8:52 pm

Agree with Atl Resident, with Heyward in the lineup the record isn’t all the great. It will be harder to win if others don’t pull their jersey number. I just hate to hear that some people will stop watching until he comes back. Shame on you. Go up north where it is the norm!!!

Rick

May 5th, 2010
8:52 pm

OK Mr Joe Jones aka GM—draw us up a plan of who to replace Melky & Glaus with…and whom else may we have to depart with to get their replacements?

We’re all waiting, this is your moment, don’t blow it…

Stuart

May 5th, 2010
8:56 pm

Come back ASAP! (Come back healthy though…)

Cletus Dooley Earnhardt SR.

May 5th, 2010
8:58 pm

baYseball is for yancees and norrthern liberauls. umm whhen does spring praktise start?

GO UGA!

JEB

May 5th, 2010
9:00 pm

We went from “Oh YEAH!”
to “OH NOOOOooo!”
for that spot in the lineup
tonight.

Todd

May 5th, 2010
9:02 pm

Craig, Escobar is one of are more talented players but he is simply a knucklehead. I would be shocked if he were not dealt by the trading deadline. Too many memory lapses, what a waste of a talent. Cox simply does not need this at this point in the game. If I were him I would hang it up today and head up to his mountain property. Heyward will be just fine, 40 homers, 110 RBI’s plus I expect, time to stop babying him, move him up to cleanup. Quite simply, he’s the best the Braves have.

AlternateReality

May 5th, 2010
9:02 pm

On a different note, did anyone else notice the pitcher flinch when Heyward lined that ball back up the middle?

Roto Rooter

May 5th, 2010
9:08 pm

@#71 – are you a doctor or do you just play one on blogs?

J-Hey's Groin

May 5th, 2010
9:11 pm

Sorry, Chipper’s was taken.

Roto Rooter

May 5th, 2010
9:11 pm

Enter your comments here

hate 2 hear it

May 5th, 2010
9:13 pm

Todd I like your thinking. I too think Escobar has had a long leash. A very talented player but a bonehead! Cox will play out this season but I just don’t want him going through the motions. heyward will be fine, it will be fantastic if he did put up 40/100 but I will even take 30/80. Before the season is over with I expect to see him in the four or five spot. Hope that Chipper gets on in front of him. Is anyone else a little “overly concerned” about Brian not hitting?

Bill

May 5th, 2010
9:29 pm

GTsteve

May 5th, 2010
9:29 pm

And I also agree with Todd….Yunel very talented but needs to go

GTsteve

May 5th, 2010
9:31 pm

Ane after that play…somebody remind me why Infante is not an everday player

Bye Bye Bobby

May 5th, 2010
9:53 pm

Of course this awful team has choked a lead again. As I said last night the Braves CAN NOT beat Washington. We finally get some runs, but the stinking bullpen chokes. What a bunch of losers.

badnewsbraves

May 5th, 2010
9:54 pm

Why is Bobby Cox leaving saito in to pitch? he should have been out of the game when there were 2 on…Bobby has lost his ability to effectively manage a game..see ya old man

[...] Jason Heyward, the Braves rookie earning rave reviews thanks to a .286 AVG, 8 HR and 24 RBI, left tonight’s game against the Nationals with a sore groin. Heyward was up to 91 percent ownership in Yahoo! leagues and is being started by 84 percent of those teams. If Heyward goes to the DL, some players to consider adding include Detroit outfielder Austin Jackson (.376 AVG, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 5 steals), Kansas City veteran Scott Podsednik (.327, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 9 steals) and San Diego youngster Will Venable (only .244, but 4 HR, 12 RBI and 7 steals). Heyward pulled from Wednesday’s game in second inning [...]

Bye Bye Bobby

May 5th, 2010
10:02 pm

Things are setting up nicely for the Braves to lose in the bottom of the ninth.

Bye Bye Bobby

May 5th, 2010
10:03 pm

Of course as long as Donk is the manager we will continue to get the same old thing game after game.

Rob

May 5th, 2010
10:04 pm

Well, it’s time to admit it. This team just sucks. It’s like a transition year, but the transition may be to Cincinati Reds oblivion. Heyward will be ok, McCann will bounce back, Chipper won’t retire and Glaus and Melky are going nowhere (figuratively and literally). Shame to waste what appears to be good pitching on paper pretty much every night, but I get the sense that the Cox thing went on 1 year to long, and I am not a Cox basher. I keep hoping, but this is looks like a lost cause this season. All hail Fredii!!!

Bye Bye Bobby

May 5th, 2010
10:06 pm

Rob. You are right except that I think Cox has been around about 4 years too long.

Virginia Ranger

May 5th, 2010
10:34 pm

4 out of 5 against some Double AA teams. Not all that good

Guru

May 5th, 2010
10:35 pm

Not only is he carrying the last place Braves, hes carrying my last place fantasy team, double dang it!!

Change Turner Field to Aaron Stadium

May 5th, 2010
10:46 pm

Is it bad that the minute I heard Heyward was out of the game, I wanted to change the channel? Good win tonight, and I hope the kid is back in there tomorrow.

Matt the Brave

May 5th, 2010
10:47 pm

Not a pleasant feeling, that muscle being pulled. :P Probably won’t play until next week. Hopefully they won’t have to put him on the DL.

myra

May 5th, 2010
11:14 pm

We Win! When is the last time we scored 7 runs? Finally. That was a good team win. Nice 1 Braves.

Knockahoma

May 5th, 2010
11:34 pm

Hey Cletus Dooley Earnhardt Sr.,

Isn’t for spelled fur?

steve h

May 5th, 2010
11:35 pm

The Hittin’ Fool (Matty Diaz) comes through tonight. Matty’s going to make it impossible for Bobby to keep him out of the lineup this season, too.

The Dude

May 5th, 2010
11:50 pm

HOPE is the problem with the Braves. Since the 14 straight division titles, they’ve hoped to make the post season since and gambled on rehab players. The ship went down with the Texiera trade. We gave up 4 legit future major leaguers. At the time I said it was a good trade if they fork over the money to keep Tex…but no…just another rental. This was not the first time…it started with JD Drew…we gave up Wainright…just to make the post season when everyone knew it wasn’t a World Series team. The Braves need to realize that we are at least 2 seasons away, take it on the chin and rebuild. Quit putting resources in rehabs and build a team like Bobby Cox and Shuerholtz did in 1990. From what I understand, the pitching is there in the minors waiting to develope, they’ve got the RF…who they should just go on and lock up for 10 years while he’s going to be fairly cheap..now go get a youngster to replace Chipper…no Chipper is not tradeable, he should retire a Brave…your set at second, short, catcher, RF, and pitching…go get an up and coming CF or LF and maybe mix in a veteran power hitter.

Here’s to the Bravos in 2012

Pete Rose

May 6th, 2010
12:11 am

I bet the braves remain the least in the east.

Carroll Rogers

May 6th, 2010
12:14 am

just posted a buncha post-game clubhouse comments for your perusal…..going to post a stat of the day and call it a night. Hasta!

http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-braves-blog/2010/05/06/post-game-locker-room-quotes-from-wednesday-night/

Castrologist

May 6th, 2010
12:21 am

Glaus was a big part of for the winning run. Don’t give up on this guy yet. He’s coming around. What a bunt by Melky and Diaz of all people coming through. Good win. Can we get on an effin streak going please or at least win a few series in a row?!

castrologist.tumblr.com

Pete Rose

May 6th, 2010
12:26 am

I bet chipper teaches J-Hey the injury ropes to get days off.

kelly

May 6th, 2010
1:12 am

Hey “Bye Bye Bobby”
Quit your complaining. You are the ultimate pessimist. Are you even a fan?

Serbok

May 6th, 2010
2:37 am

Glaus WILL hit!!!
zeee ball!!!!!
As he Has been doing?
I think~he looks like a card carrying Dick Cheney~ite?
He needs to change his appearance~ Quit lookin like a card carrying right wing demadouche?
The man will hit home runs!
BTW~
I have Andruw playin Center field on my fantasy league team! LMAO!

People of Zee World~~~~ Relax!!!!!!
LOL!

bobc

May 6th, 2010
7:22 am

Do the Braves even have a strength and conditioning coach?

39yrBravesFan

May 6th, 2010
7:42 am

Deja vue…2009. Hurt, hurt, and hurt.

GO BRAVES!!

JoeFan

May 6th, 2010
7:53 am

Heyward needs to take a couple of Aleve and get back out there. He is only 20 years old and he acts like he is made of crystal. Hate to see what he is like in 10 years. He will make Chipper look like an ironman.

ijudgenot

May 6th, 2010
8:21 am

The Braves lead all of baseball with games missed by players with a minor ache, its really rediculous. Chipper Jones is the leader of this team and he sets the tone for the rest of the players. All you have to do is tell mother hen Bobby Cox that you just felt an ache and you get to leave game and set on bench for 2 or 3 days.

Roy Hobbs

May 6th, 2010
8:31 am

I don’t like the comparison of Heyward to Chumper. Even when Chumper was hitting, he lallygagged in the field. I won’t question Chumper’s offensive talent. At one point, he was the best hitter in the league, with an unusually fragile big toe, or thumb, or oblique muscle. Heyward is a good kid with a great attitude. The Braves are lucky to have him. Just keep him away from Pendleton and Wren.

Yehuda Hamer

May 6th, 2010
8:52 am

We need more hitting!

Wulfsgirl

May 6th, 2010
8:53 am

Glaus might pull it out but play Diaz and put Melky on the bench. I hope Heyward is just being cautious and not going to be out too long. We certainly need his power at the plate. ijudgenot better safe than sorry with Heyward!

Ry

May 6th, 2010
8:54 am

Roy Hobbs – you must not have watched Chipper play very much during his career. He used to be an excellent defensive player and just a few years ago (in 2007) he only had 9 errors the entire season…and came in second to David Wright for the gold glove who had 21 errors.

BravePack

May 6th, 2010
9:05 am

Time to bring up Schafer.

Marc Schneider

May 6th, 2010
9:39 am

hate to hear,

Someone in Atlanta is calling out northerners for being front runners? Are you kidding me? Someone from the worst sports town in the U.S.? From a city that can’t sell out playoff games?

Mike

May 6th, 2010
9:40 am

Here’s an interesting fact…(and we can’t do anything about it!):

2B HR RBI’S OBP DLG OPS AVR PLAYER

3 0 6 .286 .230 .516 .195 CABRERA

2 2 15 .330 .318 .648 .255 GLAUS

8 9 18 .372 1.015 .699 .286 KELLY JOHNSON

9 4 18 .380 .898 .518 .271 ADAM LAROCHE

I kinda like the bottom 2 players stats…unfortunately they’re no longer with us. Didn’t Kelly platoon in the OF at one time? Yeah, that’s right!

ed U

May 6th, 2010
9:43 am

McCann is starting to look like his buddy Jeff F at the plate.

bvillebaron

May 6th, 2010
9:48 am

Rick:

It has now been 13 hours since you challenged Joe Jones to tell us who he would replace Melky and Glaus with and who we would have to give up to get them. Guess it’s a little harder to be a GM than this blowhard thought, huh?

NEW CARS

May 6th, 2010
10:07 am

Nice win….I, for one, am withholding judgement on Glaus for now….He seems to have made some good adjustments over the past couple of weeks and is hitting the ball harder more consistentley than anyone besides Heyward. Chipper and McCann are the ones we really need to get going. They are getting some hits now, but neither is consistently hammering the ball….I do think that with our patience at the plate and steady bullpen work, we will be in this thing and if we can get guys just hitting to their previous histories, we’ll be more than ok

Casey Stinkle

May 6th, 2010
10:08 am

J Jones, have you not been watching the games?? Glaus is hitting the ball harder than anybody on the team right now.

Don

May 6th, 2010
10:09 am

And it goes on and on and on. With Bobby Cox’s Country Club Spring Training, his lack of demands for off season conditioning, and his liberal conditioning program during the season; the injuries of every kind just keep on coming. But he cannot afford to force players into realistic conditioning programs — they might not like him as much – and everyone knows that Bobby Cox being liked by the players is more improtant than what is good for the team.

Don

May 6th, 2010
10:13 am

Ry, it is not the number of errors (as long as that number is reasonable) that makes a good defensive player – but rather his range.
Although Chipper has been a great, great hitter; he has never been a good defensive 3rd baseman. He plays too shallow in unnecessary situations and thus cuts down his range significantly. Thus, balls that could be fielded go through as base hits.

NEW CARS

May 6th, 2010
10:15 am

Easy to go back and say we should have kept KJ and LaRoche….Adam had is head in the sand thinking that he was going to get 3 years at 8-10 million, so that wasn’t going to happen…Kelly’s doing great now and I would have liked to have kept him, but I didn’t want to see him trying to play second again and his previous history didn’t show him to be a big enough bat to play LF with a mediocre glove

Bushwacker

May 6th, 2010
10:18 am

DOB,
We lose 8 straight on the road in the blue softball jerseys, come home and win 3 in a row.
Go back on the road, lose Tues in blues, then win Weds in the classic road grays!

I’m telling you I’ve been tracking and we almost always lose in blue and win in gray?

Ditch the blues and those red ones on Sundays, it can’t hurt!!!

Cal Ripkin Jr.

May 6th, 2010
10:49 am

How stupid is it to take yourself out of a major league baseball game? Your replacement might be someone like me.

Don

May 6th, 2010
10:59 am

Surely you do not think that Johnson would be producting if he was still under Cox and Pendleton.

BuckheadBrave

May 6th, 2010
11:04 am

The red ones are fine, but the blue jerseys are just awful. We also should go back to the normal freakin hats with the grays, i like the all blue hat, for myself, but not on the team. However, i am a baseball purist.

Matt

May 6th, 2010
11:36 am

Facts are you have noone to replace his productivity so far. Rest him and make sure he’s ready to come back and produce. A groin is like a hammy, it can be a nagging injury if you don’t let it heal.

GAMER

May 6th, 2010
12:20 pm

What’s up with Heward and Strasburg being computer generated rejects on the new MLB 2K10 game but they have Buster Posey???? Anyone know how this works??

sportsmandh

May 6th, 2010
12:29 pm

GTP wins blog line of the day
‘Heyward injuries groin carrying the team’

Mitchell

May 6th, 2010
12:36 pm

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Haha. Silly.

Braves73

May 6th, 2010
12:53 pm

It’s a shame that Heyward is hurt for a few games…he’s really the only reason to watch this sorry team. I don’t know how much longer the Glaus experiment continues, but he HAS TO HIT FOR POWER to justify bringing in a bum 3rd basemen & putting him at first.

I hate to say this, but looking at our everyday lineup in comparison to the Nats and I would have to say the Nats overall lineup has more promise and upside than ours…GREAT JOB WREN!!!!

DawgDad

May 6th, 2010
1:13 pm

Braves73: I was just about to type the same sentiment. Without Heyward, there is absolutely nothing compelling about this team.

DawgDad

May 6th, 2010
1:22 pm

Ry: Chipper has never been an excellent defensive player in the majors. There is one play he is very good at: the bare-handed grab and throw. Little to no range left or right, and at his best he was maybe slightly above average. Let’s don’t even mention his skills in the outfield, where he almost killed himself and where the nagging injuries got started. Watch Prado closely when he plays third. Watch Zimmerman tonight. No comparison.

You can’t look at gold glove voting as a reliable measure of defensive prowess. Heck, they gave a gold glove to Palmeiro one year when he was the primary DH and barely hit the field at all. Derek Jeter. Need I say more?

chance

May 6th, 2010
5:14 pm

hope hayward can come back toonignt!

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