McLouth being tested for possible concussion, Heyward back in lineup

PHOENIX – If you missed the collision last night between the largest guy on the team (Jason Heyward) and the smallest (Nate McLouth), it was nasty.

But as everyone involved pointed out, it could have been a whole lot worse.

Small object (McLouth) met immovable force (Heyward) and McLouth was left with a severe headache and possible concussion.

Small object (McLouth) met immovable force (Heyward) and McLouth was left with a severe headache and possible concussion.

Since we don’t have much time to write before this early game begins in 25 minutes, I’m going to keep it real brief and give you the essentials. The recap of the game and the eighth-inning collision that resulted in a two-run, inside-the-park homer for Gerarado Parra is all in the game story I wrote late last night, at this link.

Heyward is back in the lineup today, sore but not injured apparently. For some reason he was real vague about any pain he had from the collision, to the extent that he wouldn’t even say if it was his leg, his shoulder or what.

He didn’t want to talk about it last night, nor today when I asked if he was feeling OK. Saw a tape/wrap sort of thing on one of his shins, but when I asked about it he said something to the effect of he didn’t know what it was from, and in a tone that said don’t ask again. So I didn’t.

I did see him with ice on a shoulder after last night’s game, but I don’t know if that was from the eighth-inning collision. He’s in the lineup today, and I guess that’s the important thing.

The plucky center fielder, McLouth, appeared to get the worst of the collision, flipping over Heyward and hitting the back of his head on the ground as he landed. He’s being tested for a possible concussion today.

“I’ve got a pretty bad headache still, stuff like that,” he said in the clubhouse just a while ago, after the rest of the Braves went out for batting practice. “Again, I’m just fortunate that it wasn’t worse.”

He watched the replay of the incident a few times on a computer in the clubhouse.

This is not someone you want to collide with at any speed, much less with both of you sprinting.

This is not someone you want to collide with at any speed, much less with both of you sprinting.

“It happened quickly,” he said. “It’s a headache, but it could have been a lot worse.”

No neck or back pain, nothing else?

“No, there’s nothing else, just a headache,” he said. “Which, after watching replay, it’s kind of weird that [there's not more problems]. Just my head.”

McLouth is out of the lineup, and for now, he’s listed as day-to-day. But I’d think if a concussion were diagnosed the Braves would have to consider DL’ing him, since he’d probably be out several days (remember when Brian McCann had a concussion a couple of years ago, he was out about a week).

“We’ll see,” manager Bobby Cox said. “Sometimes you’ve got to be pretty careful with that. We might be able to use him to pinch-hit [today]. Probably not.”

(Folks, I can pretty much guarantee you they’re not pinch-hitting him today.)

“Like he said, it could have been a lot worse,” Cox said. “There could have been some broken bones. Every once in a while, that’s going to happen on a ball that just splits them just right. Game of inches, and a game of injuries.”

Just my opinion here, but it seems like that’s the center fielder’s ball if he can get to it, a shot to the gap like that, and that if he shouts “I’ve got it, I’ve got it, I’ve got it!” all the way while racing towards it, the right fielder should back off.

But neither of them shouted anything, neither called for it, and Cox agreed with them that you don’t call it if you’re not sure you can get it. OK, I’ll agree to disagree. And besides, McLouth was going to catch it, and would’ve if not for finally catching a glimpse of Heyward at the last split-second and moving his glove a bit, causing the ball to hit off his arm above the wrist.

Anyway, seems like one of them could have yelled that he had it and at least tried to warn the other. But I also understand it’s a full-bore race to the ball and guys might not think about anything but trying to get to it.  And that’s admirable, that go-for-broke attitude that both showed. They wanted it, badly. Anyway….

♣ Today’s outfield: Melkey Cabrera is in center field and utility man Omar Infante is making his second start of the season in left, with Heyward in right.

Cabrera was 5-for-9 with a triple and three RBIs in the first two games of the series, but wasn’t in the lineup for the third game Wednesday.

After getting off to almost as bad a start as McLouth, Cabrera has come around lately, hitting .345 with a .368 OBP and .473 slugging percentage in his past 19 games.

Infante, one of the best bench players in the league this season, has hit .400 (14-for-35) with five RBIs in June, including 11-for-25 during a current six-game hitting streak.

His .368 average with runners in scoring position is ninth-best among NL qualifiers, and Infante is fifth-best in those situations with two outs at .467 (7-for-15).

McLouth, meanwhile, is 0-for-15 with RISP and two outs, more at-bats without a hit in those situations than anyone in the NL except Adam Dunn (0-for-24).

The only one of the previously struggling Braves who’s not snapped out of his funk or at least shown signs of doing so, is McLouth. His .176 average is second-lowest among NL lineup regulars, and he’s last with a .122 road average and .146 average vs. lefties.

McLouth is 5-for-50 with one extra-base hit (double) and one RBI in his past 18 games.

He has the NL’s worst road batting average the second-lowest OBP (.282) in the NL and the fourth-worst OPS (.577).

OK, we’re getting started, so I’m going to cut it short. Oh, one thing. Kenshin Kawakami pitched six scoreless innings (four hits) with a season-high eight strikeouts last night and left a scoreless game, to remain winless. When I told Cox this morning that the Braves scored two runs or fewer while K.K. was in nine of his 12 starts, and no runs while he was in four, Cox said, “No wonder he’s 0-8. Koufax couldn’t win with that.”

One more day in Phoenix and then we head to Minneapolis, home of the mighty Husker Du. Here’s one of their classic early cuts. Give it a listen here if you’ve never heard them.

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“THE GIRL WHO LIVES ON HEAVEN HILL” by Husker Du

There’s a girl who lives on Heaven Hill

I go up to her cabin still

She keeps a lantern lit for me

And a bottle up on her mantelpiece

She’s the girl who lives on Heaven Hill

She’s got a big room and it’s always a mess

Worn out shoes and a worn out dress

A worn out smile that she’ll wear some more

And a worn out welcome mat by her door

I’d trade big mountains and rooms full of gold

For just one look at the beauty of this woman’s soul

Up on Heaven Hill is where I wanna be

That girl that bottle that mattress and me

2,344 comments Add your comment

is30303

June 10th, 2010
3:51 pm

Braves need to get a win today!

toga party

June 10th, 2010
3:52 pm

Oh boy, USC might be getting a 2 year bowl ban? I know some bloggers that’s going to chafe a bit.

trapper

June 10th, 2010
3:53 pm

THE BASS PLAYER FOR HUSKER DU IS NAMED GREG NORTON.

Venice Jim

June 10th, 2010
3:53 pm

Way to start with strikes, Tommy! Keep it up…

ncscoots

June 10th, 2010
3:53 pm

scoots, because guys fear rejection, the pretty girls rarely get asked out.

Maybe that’s why they always say “yes” to me; out of pure frustration, LOL.

Mark in Madison

June 10th, 2010
3:53 pm

Tommy looks like he’s got his good stuff today.

bravesgrl4life

June 10th, 2010
3:54 pm

And Tommy H gets the K :) I love it :grin:

CraZyTRaDeMaN

June 10th, 2010
3:55 pm

How in the world does major league baseball justify allowing Joe West and Angel Hernandez to be on the same umpiring crew?

Hillbilly

June 10th, 2010
3:55 pm

You know a pretty girl she’ll leave you…leave you to drown in your own tears. You know an ugly girl she’ll leave you too, but then again, who really cares? And them eyes of blue, they cannot be true. They’ll have to stay here in my dreams. And I guess that’s why ol’ Hugh Hefner invented playboy magazines.

So sit down here beside me girl and I will tell you what we will do. We’re gonna twist them lids and hope our kids look more like me than you. And when the bottle is finally empty, we’re gonna tumble across the floor, and I’m gonna pray my imagination is gonna pull me through once more.

So darlin don’t you worry…’cause they say that love is blind. Lust has eyes like an eagle. It’s gonna drive me out of my mind. Though my eyes sometimes wander. It doesn’t mean that I’m untrue…You’re not the best, but you’re the best that I can do!

Saff

June 10th, 2010
3:56 pm

This team is way to inconsistent, look how bad the D Train was and we don’t score wow. I know Heyward should have walked but that’s still no excuse another big double play and were back to the terrible offense from April. This team is way to streaky to win a division, way more streakier than Kelly Johnson and thats saying something.

Rob from SC

June 10th, 2010
3:57 pm

But that wasn’t a strike. I hate this ump

bravesgrl4life

June 10th, 2010
3:57 pm

Okay, from what the radio guys are saying, Angel Hernandez is giving Dontrelle strikes that he calls balls on Tommy. Gonna be a long game if that is the case.

Saff

June 10th, 2010
3:57 pm

This is going to be a long day, Angel Hernandez definatly is terrible I mean he is out to get the Braves.

Rob from SC

June 10th, 2010
3:58 pm

Damn this umpire

Rob from SC

June 10th, 2010
3:59 pm

Hyward seems really cranky today, I wonder if MLB would forgive him for breaking Hernandez in halfe

CraZyTRaDeMaN

June 10th, 2010
3:59 pm

Bobbys getting tossed today!!!!

Rob from SC

June 10th, 2010
3:59 pm

Chipper's Pre Game Thoughts

June 10th, 2010
3:59 pm

I hope Bobby starts McOut so no one notices i have lost my power and i cant get the job done. McOut sure does take a lot of pressure off me when he swings at pitches 2 ft above his head with his eyes closed and his helmet on backwards.

Woody Woodward

June 10th, 2010
3:59 pm

anyone listening to these knuckleheads on D-backs TV? And people complain about Chip!

Tomas

June 10th, 2010
4:00 pm

Angel Hernandez is rooting for the D-backs.

Saff

June 10th, 2010
4:01 pm

Hey you know the umpire is trying to throw someone out today when he calls a strike at someones neck and the other teams pitcher is in the zone and there balls. Wow Angel lets try and make the calls somewhat realistic.

ncscoots

June 10th, 2010
4:01 pm

Saff, you’re not gonna give me eight-and-two-thirds of that whiny woe-is-us bleep, are you, LOL? I mean, tell me now, if you are.

SeATLite

June 10th, 2010
4:01 pm

What the heck is up with Angel Hernandez? He’s making Jim Joyce look like a human Ques-Tec machine.

TM

June 10th, 2010
4:02 pm

Saff- i wish you were correct about “out to get the Braves”, but unfortunately Angel Hernandez is just plain horrible behind the plate for everyone.

And the most ridiculous thing is, Hernandez has been umping in the post season for the last few years… And most likely will be again this year.

I just don’t understand MLB when it comes to their umpires.

bravesgrl4life

June 10th, 2010
4:02 pm

There should be an asterisk on every game that Angel Hernandez umpires. The result could always be called questionable with that guy.

David O'Brien

June 10th, 2010
4:02 pm

Braves failed to capitalize on 2 D-Train walks in 1st inning (they’ve really stunk w/ RISP on this trip). Hanson 2 Ks bottom 1st. No score.

Saff

June 10th, 2010
4:03 pm

ncscoots
No I’m not don’t worry its all out of my system. Im going to try to enjoy this game and hope for a big win.

dawgs01

June 10th, 2010
4:03 pm

Breaking News: The University of Vietnam is leaving the Rice Patty Conference for the PAC 10. The Pac 10 now has total world domination and all the tv markets locked up. Money its a gas. Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash. New car, Caviar, four star day dream think i’ll by me a football dream.

Harold Baines

June 10th, 2010
4:03 pm

We suck again..

Tomas

June 10th, 2010
4:03 pm

The Dbacks bulpen is warming up

Art H.

June 10th, 2010
4:04 pm

How on Earth does AH still have a job calling balls and strikes as a MLB ump?

Woody Woodward

June 10th, 2010
4:04 pm

Who’s OUR manicurist?

keylargo

June 10th, 2010
4:04 pm

Willis won’t last this inning. He’s favoring that finger with the blister.

Tomas

June 10th, 2010
4:04 pm

I really thought Joe West sucked as an umpire, but he is great behind the plate.

Saff

June 10th, 2010
4:05 pm

Dontrelle is really really wild.

Mark in Madison

June 10th, 2010
4:05 pm

Woody – Agree about the Dbacks announcers. I would have thought that Grace would be better than he is, but he’s pretty dull. Plus I could have gone for a couple of pitch tracker results on some of those borderline ball/strike calls.

Woody Woodward

June 10th, 2010
4:05 pm

they’re saying it’s a nail that’s bothering Willis

Tomas

June 10th, 2010
4:05 pm

Efectively wild.

fargoNDbrave

June 10th, 2010
4:06 pm

Im assuming the blog denizens are bigger fans of Husker Du’s bassist Greg Norton?

Woody Woodward

June 10th, 2010
4:06 pm

At least Chipper doesn’t grimace like that.

ncscoots

June 10th, 2010
4:06 pm

Attaboy, Saff, go get ‘em. Fan up, LOL.

Nate McLouth

June 10th, 2010
4:06 pm

Who wants to get a mani/pedi with me and then go to Swinging Richards!!! So Excited!!

David O'Brien

June 10th, 2010
4:07 pm

Joe West making himself part of the show again, called another ball for going to the mouth.

Hillbilly

June 10th, 2010
4:07 pm

I really thought Joe West sucked as an umpire, but he is great behind the plate.

He’s really a pretty decent ball-and-strike ump, but his people-skills suck horrifically.

Woody Woodward

June 10th, 2010
4:09 pm

Why can a guy go to his crotch but he can’t go to his mouth?

Steve

June 10th, 2010
4:09 pm

Wow, another man LOB. Way to go offense, yeah wooo.

dawgs01

June 10th, 2010
4:09 pm

I thought if McOut would have lowered his head he could have ran up under Heyward last night instead he got COOOOLD Trained and is sitting in the corner sucking his thumb rocking back and forth.

Cowboy Greg

June 10th, 2010
4:09 pm

How are we not scoring off this guy?

njbraves

June 10th, 2010
4:10 pm

Unreal. This offense really is awful sometimes.

Tomas

June 10th, 2010
4:10 pm

maybe this is what D backs journal was talking about AJ Hinch. He isn’t taking Dontrelle out and he is injured, then he gets the bullpen warmed up instead.???? Pitchers have all the time they need to get warmed up in case of injury. Stupid

J-Hey

June 10th, 2010
4:11 pm

this team needs to hurry up and get home or where ever it is they can hit better with runners in scoring position because this right here … is how they were playing in April

AZBravoFan

June 10th, 2010
4:12 pm

Was at the game yesterday. The collision was even uglier live. I just had one comment about Chipper. It went unnoticed because McCann picked him up in the 8th, but Chipper’s at bat in the 8th was just inexcusable. I understand he’s scuffling a little and maybe his finger is still sore. But a guy with his experience coming up after a leadoff double in a scoreless game absolutely HAS to get that runner to 3rd. How many times has Chipper rolled over balls this year into weak outs and double plays? Yet when the situation calls for it he lifts a lazy fly the opposite way on a 2-1 pitch!! He knows better than that and if he’s not going to hit for power anymore then he’s GOT to at least make productive outs in situations like that. Awful.

N8

June 10th, 2010
4:12 pm

“Joe West making himself part of the show again, called another ball for going to the mouth.”

Is it a rule or isn’t it?

If it isn’t a rule, he should be fired. If it is a rule, what’s the problem with him enforcing it? Obviously, it’s a rule for a reason.

keylargo

June 10th, 2010
4:12 pm

Why can a guy go to his crotch but he can’t go to his mouth?

You ever worn a cup?

MciCanthit

June 10th, 2010
4:13 pm

My momma said i played good last night and that i look sharp in that Braves uniform I dont see what all the fuss is about. I wonder if she is bringing ice cream sandwiches and juice boxes for the team after the game that always gets you in good with your teammates.

Hillbilly

June 10th, 2010
4:13 pm

Why can a guy go to his crotch but he can’t go to his mouth?

If you are a pitcher and you’re going with something from the crotch to doctor the baseball, then I would say Joe West is the least of your worries.

Woody Woodward

June 10th, 2010
4:13 pm

I would love to know where Chipper ranks in the LOB catagory.

dickfer

June 10th, 2010
4:13 pm

i’d like to see what the teams BA is w/ RISP once you remove heywards numbers

cant be all that great. i know we suck the balls with the bases loaded

CraZyTRaDeMaN

June 10th, 2010
4:14 pm

SeATLite, Jim Joyce is a good ump that ocationally gets a call wrong! Angel is a bad ump that consistantly gets calls wrong.

The showman Cowboy Joe West how much time did Joe West waste making that call? If you haven’t heard ole Cowboy Joe West’s music here is a link.

http://www.cowboyjoewest.com/

Woody Woodward

June 10th, 2010
4:14 pm

Largo–I have, but you don’t want to hear the story.

Matt's Big Breakfast

June 10th, 2010
4:14 pm

Dontrell is so wild he might win this. Suspossed to be a good guy Have you met him David

Tomas

June 10th, 2010
4:14 pm

At least Hanson looks sharp early on.

bravesgrl4life

June 10th, 2010
4:15 pm

Where is McFann? She’s gonna go off on MciCanthit

Woody Woodward

June 10th, 2010
4:15 pm

My wife just mocked that guy’s laugh…AZ announcer’s are pure cheese.

dawgs01

June 10th, 2010
4:15 pm

CHipper has that warning track power baby and hits for double play consistency

N8

June 10th, 2010
4:16 pm

Tommy’s bringing it today. This has the makings of a 1-0 loss. :-)

Lets get some runs boys!

Lee

June 10th, 2010
4:16 pm

Dontrelle is having probs W/pitching hand, maybe he won’t last long. Be nice to get in there pen early!

Brian from SC

June 10th, 2010
4:17 pm

The Braves are hitting .273 as a team with RISP, 4th in the NL. .265 without Heyward, which is a little above league average. Chipper is hitting .342 with RISP, and actually has a higher OPS than Heyward in those situations.

Matt's Big Breakfast

June 10th, 2010
4:17 pm

Dontrell is so wild he may win this throwing a few unexpected strikes. Suspossed to be a good guy. Have you met him DOB?

Hillbilly

June 10th, 2010
4:17 pm

N8,
The other night, Joe West made that call, when the pitcher went to his mouth and clearly wiped his hand on his pants afterward. Shouldn’t have been a violation of the rule, but West called it, the batter walked because it was the 4th ball, and eventually scored I believe. Classic case of Joe West injecting himself into a situation where he did’t belong. Can’t speak for today’s instance because I’m not watching.

dickfer

June 10th, 2010
4:18 pm

how many have we left on base already?
4/5/6?

gotta figure our average is about 2 or so an inning

PMC

June 10th, 2010
4:18 pm

A bad day of baseball is any time Angel Hernandez is behind the plate.

dawgs01

June 10th, 2010
4:18 pm

McOut had his eyes closed on one of his strikeout last night you know the one that was so high he needed to be standing on the roof of a car to hit and i think he had his shoes on the wrong feet too.

Woody Woodward

June 10th, 2010
4:18 pm

Lee–we might want to keep Dontrelle out there as long as possible.

Saff

June 10th, 2010
4:18 pm

Good start for Hanson so far, now time to get some runs for him.

Brian from SC

June 10th, 2010
4:19 pm

I hope Willis doesn’t go out too early…he’s terrible today.

dickfer

June 10th, 2010
4:19 pm

hanson is sharp but throwing a lot of pitches

wont see the 6th at this rate

Bartholomeeeew (Bat) Masterson

June 10th, 2010
4:19 pm

bravesgrl4life_ I’m pretty sure that name in directed at McLouth……

Wes

June 10th, 2010
4:19 pm

McClouth has a concussion? I thought he just sucked

Woody Woodward

June 10th, 2010
4:19 pm

Brian–how do walks figure in RISP?

David O'Brien

June 10th, 2010
4:19 pm

Cox getting good ovation from crowd as they announce it’s his last game at Chase Field.

Unlike Dodger Stadium, there’s no chance Cox will be back here for a playoff game, I dare say.

Nova Scotia Steve

June 10th, 2010
4:20 pm

Can we put McLouth on the 120 day DL?

Brian from SC

June 10th, 2010
4:20 pm

Umm…walks figure in RISP the same way they figure in all other situations…

bravesgrl4life

June 10th, 2010
4:21 pm

Bat, you may be right. But it coulda been taken either way, I think.

Nate McLouth

June 10th, 2010
4:21 pm

I loved Sex and the City 2. Can’t wait for the new Twighlight!!!

Woody Woodward

June 10th, 2010
4:21 pm

Thanks. Doesn’t count as an at bat then?

Nova Scotia Steve

June 10th, 2010
4:21 pm

Good News:

Mets lost 4-2

N8

June 10th, 2010
4:21 pm

Hillbilly, they showed the replay and then later came back to it. He went to his mouth, then wiped his pants (which Joe Simpson was griping about it being a non-call), and then he went to his mouth again.

To which Joe Simpson apologized (as he should have) to West for ripping him for making the wrong call.

Joe West had it right.

Now, if you are of the belief that the rule is bogus and has no bearing on the outcome of the game…. I’m fine with that. But if the rule is in the rulebook (again, I presume it’s their for a reason), then what’s the problem with it being enforced?

McFann Ô Ô

June 10th, 2010
4:22 pm

bravesgrl4life Where is McFann?

Eating homemade snow cones! :D

She’s gonna go off on MciCanthit

I stopped reading the post, but I will say this:

He’s got a FIVE game hitting streak working, hitting .368 with 2 multi-hit games, 3 walks, only 1 K, and 8 RBI over that stretch…He’s been doing well for a few games, not just last night.

David O'Brien

June 10th, 2010
4:22 pm

Matt’s Big Breakfast: Yes, I’ve met Dontrelle. Very good guy. Not a very good pitcher.

Lee

June 10th, 2010
4:22 pm

Good point Woody, either way we should get some runs!!!

bgvt

June 10th, 2010
4:22 pm

Brian from SC: Thanks for the perspective of looking up the actual data on the Braves’ hitting with RISPs. I’ve always heard that one doesn’t want the facts to get in the way of a good argument!

Brian from SC

June 10th, 2010
4:23 pm

Hilarious, a Braves player is posting on the blog!

In related news, I see middle school has let out for today.

eric the elder

June 10th, 2010
4:23 pm

hillbilly, the West call actually occurred before the one shown on the replay. They showed a longer replay, and everyone agreed that West got the call right.

dickfer

June 10th, 2010
4:24 pm

we didnt get no hit

hoooooray!

Bartholomeeeew (Bat) Masterson

June 10th, 2010
4:24 pm

bravesgrl4life _ Yeah I took it that way at first too, but thought nah gotta be McLouth

bravesgrl4life

June 10th, 2010
4:24 pm

Marteen! (only 2 e’s ’cause it’s just a single).

McFann, Bat did point out that the dude was probably talking about McLouth, not McCann.

MciCanthit

June 10th, 2010
4:24 pm

I am Nate McOut’s most inner thoughts.

Lee

June 10th, 2010
4:25 pm

N8, The spit ball used to be popular, back in the 70’s. Not so much now.

bravesgrl4life

June 10th, 2010
4:25 pm

MciCanthit, thanks for clearing that up.

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