Heyward aiming for Tuesday return to lineup

MILWAUKEE — The Braves have gone five consecutive games without Jason Heyward in the lineup, but the rookie slugger expected to be back starting in right field Tuesday.

Heyward said his injured right groin has gotten better each day and he tested it with full batting practice and fielding drills prior to Monday’s game. Barring any unexpected setback, he said he should be good to go Tuesday.

“We’ll see how he does, how he runs,” Cox said before batting practice Monday.

Before Monday the Braves were 1-4 without Heyward in the lineup this season.

After missing the past four games, he still ranked among National League leaders with eight home runs and 26 RBIs before Monday. No other Braves player had more than two homers, and Heyward had as many RBIs as Chipper Jones, Brian McCann and Yunel Escobar combined.

Cox said Escobar, who’s been on the DL with a strained groin, should be ready Saturday, the day he’s eligible to be activated.

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chin music

May 10th, 2010
9:29 pm

the braves need to hire a yoga coach. sting’s not touring right now, is he?

obomaisaclown

May 10th, 2010
11:18 pm

They need a batting coach or a coach that can teach hitting.

lanier

May 11th, 2010
6:24 am

dont the braves have a strength and fitness coach. football teams do and you dont see all these muscle injuries and football players actually run every play. this is just plain stupid

ATL Shawty

May 11th, 2010
6:54 am

@lanier that is a very ignorant comment. Football players don’t get muscle injuries? What level of football are you talking about? That is just plain stupid!!!!!

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

May 11th, 2010
8:47 am

John Kruk was never hurt. He said “you can’t pull fat”

Greg Norton

May 11th, 2010
9:57 am

Leave Terry Pendleton alone please. He is the reason I am where I am today.

the truth

May 11th, 2010
10:51 am

I find it ironic that Leo Mazzone has stated on 680 the Fan how they ( the Braves ), would laugh at other teams out on the field doing their stretching before the games. A professional team having this many pulled muscle, hamstring issues is a joke. Guess Buck Commander and the boys are too manly to try alternative training methods.

Asheville Dawg

May 11th, 2010
10:55 am

How many guys can be hurt this early again? Maybe a little less country club like spring training would help?

frustrated Braves fan

May 11th, 2010
11:30 am

Who else knew that when Chipper had to sprint to first base on the infield hit he would pull up lame? I would have bet hundreds of dollars on a five to one bet he would pull something if he did an all out sprint.

nate

May 11th, 2010
4:44 pm

about time they hit the ball lol

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