Heyward says he wouldn’t play in All-Star game, if chosen, because of thumb

Jason Heyward will be eligible to come off the disabled list on the Monday of the All-Star break (July 12), and judging by the most recent All-Star voting released Tuesday, he’s poised to become the youngest starter voted in since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1990.

But Heyward said Tuesday if his left thumb is preventing him from playing for the Braves, he doesn’t think it’s appropriate to play in the All-Star game.

“I actually don’t plan on playing in the All-Star game if I’m selected because if I can’t play for this team right here right now, then I don’t want to go play in that game and jeopardize the second half,” Heyward said. “If I can, I’d still like to go and show my support and appreciation to the fans who voted.”

Heyward was within 60,000 votes of the leading outfielder in the National League Ryan Braun in the most recent National League tally released Tuesday afternoon. With 2,205,534 votes, Heyward is the fourth-highest vote-getter among all NL players behind only Albert Pujols (3,249,136), Chase Utley (2,887,350) and Braun (2,262,663).

The Braves placed Heyward on the disabled list following Monday night’s game, retroactive to June 27, with a deep bone bruise in his left thumb that has been bothering him for the better part of six weeks. He has hit only .172 (17-for-99) with one home run since May 30 when he was hitting .301 with 10 homers.

Heyward is in a cast which he expects to wear for a week. Once he’s able, he wants to get some swings in a minor league rehabilitation assignment. His manager Bobby Cox, for one, thinks he could use the All-Star game July 13 in Anaheim for a tune-up if he changes his mind.

“Maybe that would be a good tune-up for him, play in the All-Star game,” Cox said.

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June 29th, 2010
5:52 pm

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June 29th, 2010
5:53 pm

And for those that it irritates ……………First

GT Fan

June 29th, 2010
6:00 pm

This guy’s maturity is unbelievable. How many rookies would pass up the opportunity to play in the All-Star game? Of course, one other thing this says to me – he doesn’t expect this to be his only opportunity to play in the All-Star game, and why should he?


June 29th, 2010
6:04 pm

Go play, kid. Never know if you’ll get back. While the odds certainly suggest you will, you never know. Life is short.

Johnny DangerDawg

June 29th, 2010
6:06 pm

GT Fan,
Good point. It looks like Heyward is confident that he’ll play in other All-Star games. It’s best to get healthy and help the Braves make a strong run to the postseason because that chance will not come every year.


June 29th, 2010
6:08 pm

Smart kid. Better to be safe than sorry.


June 29th, 2010
6:20 pm

This is why players love to play for Bobby Cox. He suggests Heyward play in the All-Star game as a kind of “rehab assignment”.. He always takes care of his guys when he can.


June 29th, 2010
6:21 pm

wish he was playing in the game but he is doing the right thing. i know it has to be eating at him though, to be 20 years old elected to the all-star team and cant play, sux!

Joe Don't Go Squad

June 29th, 2010
6:25 pm


June 29th, 2010
6:27 pm

wonder if prado will get in he trails utley but he’s also going on the dl for the phillies

Braves Fan

June 29th, 2010
6:31 pm

Smart Guy! Not selfish like some players get elected and don’t deserve it. People like chase utley ought to decline the invitation. He couldn’t tie Prado’s shoe right now. What a shame!

Ray Pugh

June 29th, 2010
6:35 pm

Don’t consider this final – the reason it was retroactive to the 27th is so he can play in the ASG. When it gets closer to it, I guarantee Bobby, Chipper and the rest willing be encouraging him to get in there…. oh and suck Wren haters!

Fish Bisch

June 29th, 2010
6:41 pm

go hawyood go!

Grandpa Right, formerly of Cochran

June 29th, 2010
6:43 pm

My first response was that he shouldn’t play, but Bobby’s idea of using it like a re-hab game resonates with me. Go play the game, kid!


June 29th, 2010
6:49 pm

Shocked at the headline…

However, after reading your quote DOB, i am not surprised at all. The class Heyward shows is invaluable


June 29th, 2010
8:19 pm

Should have sat around time of west coast Dodgers series in my opinion.


June 29th, 2010
8:38 pm

Wow. What an amazing young man. But in this case, I think he needs to yield to what others want and go play. Even if he plays just one or two innings, it would thrill baseball fans and he would get an experience of a lifetime. J Hey, Go play! You have earned it.

Aaron Shelton

June 29th, 2010
8:52 pm

Derek Lowe Sucks!! Getting rocked by the Nationals is awful.

Sioux Brave

June 29th, 2010
9:01 pm

Why are we batting Melky C. 2nd. He has proved all year he cannot hit with RISP. and 4.5 era Lowe. just dont understand

Macon Fan

June 29th, 2010
9:28 pm

So who thinks Strasburg should be selected? I don’t. Yes he has been great but he hasn’t had but 4 starts and he will have many chances to be an All Star. I’d rather see that spot to a guy that has played all year.


June 29th, 2010
9:29 pm

he comes off the dl the day before so would be eligible to play. so whats the big deal. he gets to hit a little before he comes back.
what ever…


June 29th, 2010
9:35 pm

What is wrong with all of you, smart guy, classy guy, team player – he is on the DL PEOPLE. He should not even be eligible to play, it is an obvious decision.

Jason Heyward

June 29th, 2010
10:54 pm

SIKE! I’m gonna become the youngest player to hit a bomb in the all star game


June 29th, 2010
11:54 pm

admirable comments and rationale from Jason… lets hope though that Bobby is right and by then his thumb/hand is well enough to play in the all star game as a tune-up, and I hope Bobby and others will talk him into doing just that if he is ready. Would be classy.


June 30th, 2010
7:24 am

I think Jason Heyward is looking at the big picture in that playing in the All-Star Game pales in comparison to the potential opportunity of winning a world championship with the Braves this year. This is the last go-around for Bobby Cox and very likely both Chipper Jones and Billy Wagner, so rest assured these Braves are going to play with a sense of urgency and passion we haven’t seen since possibly the early ’90s. And Heyward will be a vital cog in those efforts if he’s back to full health; it’s indeed impressive that he understands that and allows it to take precedence over personal achievements and prestige. He’s the kind of player, on more than one level, the Braves organization NEEDS to lock down with a long-term contract NOW.

Plenty of K's !

June 30th, 2010
8:06 am


Whether Heyward would actually play in the AS game or not was something I had hoped the ATL Scribes would leave alone. Would he? Wouldn’t he?
It isn’t something that we needed to know right now. To push him for an answer and finally get a “no way I can/will play” will only hurt his chances for getting more votes. Even though he cant play it would be nice to be selected. It would be big for Heyward and big for the Braves. Pushing him for an answer probably hurt his chances. Fans in the past have proven they will abandon voting for DL guys if they know there is no way they are going to play. So if he loses out, maybe he’ll wonder if his honesty with the media hurt his chances.


June 30th, 2010
8:19 am

I don’t know, man. If Jason is elected by the fans as a rookie to start in the All-Star Game, he probably should play if at all possible. He should probably at least participate in the introduction of the starting lineup, acknowledge the fans and the honor they have bestowed upon him. Play the first inning. Then call it a night. I don’t think that would be too much of a strain on that thumb for the second half of the season.

Although Heyward probably will have other opportunities to play in an All-Star Game, he will never have the chance again to do so as a rookie. Yes, life is short. Don’t pass up on the golden moments it offers.


June 30th, 2010
8:40 am

Heyward has a chance to be a great player but he doesn’t deserve to be an All-Star this year. He is not yet one of the top 3 OF in the NL. Strasberg doesn’t belong either. There are more deserving pitchers.


June 30th, 2010
8:59 am

How many times have we seen rookie phenoms, pitchers & position players tear it up when they hit the scene but after the old crusty scouts & coaches study them and figure out what their weakness they become average pro players


June 30th, 2010
9:13 am

J-Hey does not deserve to play in the All-Star game. He did a month ago when he was hitting .300 but not now. Get well, hale fellow, because the Braves won’t win the East without your bat.


June 30th, 2010
9:25 am

Very classy move heyward. Its got to be a hard decision, but fieldofdreams said it best “Braves won’t win the east without your bat.” Could not be more of a true statement.


June 30th, 2010
9:45 am

Go play the field in the first inning, but don’t bat


June 30th, 2010
10:33 am

If Cox says its okay to go play…I say “PLAY!” We need home field advantage when we make it to the World Series! Do you want to leave it up to Jason Werth??? LOL

Jeff R

June 30th, 2010
10:38 am

Prado deserves to be selected.


June 30th, 2010
12:05 pm

I don’t blame Heyward at all………………….All Star game is over rated anyway

Carroll Rogers

June 30th, 2010
12:25 pm

I can see why you guys have fun throwing trade scenarios out on the blog. I got no problem with that. I just get a kick when it usually is dump the four guys that are underachieving and overpaid for the guy who’s leading the league in HRs. stuff like that….But now, LaRoche to the outfield? Now that’s something to be taken seriously…..(insert emotive here)

getting ready to start on a new blog. will get it up around 2. capice?

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Carroll Rogers

June 30th, 2010
2:00 pm

new focal blog is up!

Braves Fan Since "80

June 30th, 2010
4:18 pm

I would say confidence….cause I know if I had a chance I would think this may never happen again circa jeff francouer and the world baseball games…… but talent and intelligence is a rare combination and with or without baseball J-hey will do just fine……. but the braves need J hey back and healthy, that I am confident of…. ( I would like to see him get an at bat if he is voted in)

Renee Langley

June 30th, 2010
4:51 pm

I loved J-hey from the start, but with the way he feels about the All Star game I love him even more.

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