Heyward nursing sore groin but said it’s minor

FT. MYERS, Fla. – Right fielder Jason Heyward left Wednesday’s game against the Red Sox with a sore left groin, but said afterward he doesn’t believe it’s serious and just left the game to play it safe.

Heyward, who has played four of the Braves first five games, expects to sit out Thursday’s game against the Tigers then re-evaluate.

“To be safe I think tomorrow is an automatic, take it easy to see where we’re at,” Heyward said. “So play it day by day…just be smart. But I don’t feel like it’s anything major. The key is to not let it get to that.”

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he didn’t think it would be more than a day or so.

“He’s got a little tender (groin), nothing major,” Gonzalez said. “Those things you’ve got to be careful of. He should be good to go here tomorrow or the next day.”

Heyward said he first felt the soreness a couple of days ago, and it wasn’t any specific move, or play. He just thinks it’s just general soreness from conditioning.

He singled in the top of the first inning, then felt some soreness in the field in the bottom of the inning. He mentioned something to trainer Jim Lovell but said he wanted to give it one more at-bat to see if he could get loose. He decided to come out before his scheduled third at-bat.

“Long bus ride today and it felt a little sore, so this is not the time to push it,” said Heyward of the three-hour trip to Ft. Myers. “That’s all it is, be cautious, be careful and be smart about it.”

Heyward went 1-for-2 with a single in a 6-1 win. He’s hitting .364 (4-for-11) with a double this spring.

Center fielder Jordan Schafer also left Wednesday’s game after rolling his left ankle cutting back to first base after singling in the fifth inning. But he was prepared to run sprints shortly thereafter and said afterward he’s fine.

“When I saw the ball was going to be cut, I just tried to stop and my ankle rolled over,” Schafer said. “But it feels perfectly fine now.”

He wanted to run his usual sprints after coming out, but Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez had other ideas.

“I said you’re going to show me up?” Gonzalez said with a smile. “I just took you out of the game. You’re going to go run sprints? I said you’re not running today. He should be fine. We wanted to make sure we didn’t make something out of nothing.”

The Braves had gone the first 2 ½ weeks of camp injury-free.

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T Dub

March 2nd, 2011
5:11 pm

Him Tudson

March 2nd, 2011
5:30 pm

Is it just me, or are more players getting hurt this spring than ever before?

Richmond Braves Fan

March 2nd, 2011
5:34 pm

I hear HGH greatly accelerates healing an ankle sprain.


March 2nd, 2011
5:44 pm

first…well 2nd

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co

March 2nd, 2011
5:49 pm

I thought stretching before playing/working out, prevented hammy injuries….


March 2nd, 2011
5:55 pm

Here we go again. Of course Shafer gets hurt. Naturally Heyward gets hurt merely trying to run to first. Shafer is not going to make it and Heyward is already on the long downward spiral to being constantly hurt and never able to live up to the ridiculous expectations everyone has of him.

I wish some of these guys had some McCann toughness to go along with their ability. He rarely whines and sits out days at a time over every little thing.

GT Alum

March 2nd, 2011
6:14 pm

phil, are you always this upbeat, or just about the Braves?

Secondly, Heyward played a lot of last season with a wrist injury, which causes a lot of discomfort when trying to swing a heavy wooden bat.

Spring Training is the time to not try to play through any kind of injury so that you don’t have to miss time when it matters.


March 2nd, 2011
6:17 pm

phil, you’re kidding, right?

Chuck M.

March 2nd, 2011
6:29 pm

Phil, you know nothing!


March 2nd, 2011
7:42 pm

I am just going to ignore the goobers.

Glad to hear nothing is too serious.

Go Braves


March 2nd, 2011
8:04 pm

Phil — I could just about be with you… at least I thought the same way. What is it about baseball players? Unfortunately, the nature of the game requires very little exertion from each player over a 3 hour period. Come to bat 4 times, get on base about 25% of the time, and perhaps run a bit *IF* the ball comes your way. I love baseball, the game, but it sure ain’t football or basketball in terms of exertion. Even tennis players increase the heart rate more. And because less is demanded from a playing standpoint, they don’t feel the need to work out as much. I’ve played baseball, softball. There is a lot of standing around.

Geaux Braves

March 2nd, 2011
10:10 pm

Phil, shut up.


March 2nd, 2011
10:26 pm

Seriously negative comments about players being conservative about potential injuries in spring training. Apparently you have never played sports before. For anyone that has ever pulled a hamstring, groin, or had shin splints know you don’t push them because all they need is a little rest.

McCann Fan

March 3rd, 2011
6:31 am

Suck it Phil


March 3rd, 2011
8:59 am

Ignore the goobers…now there’s a concept I can support!

Sure, Jason

March 3rd, 2011
10:51 am

Like last year’s thumb was gonna be alright … wasn’t effecting your swing, cuz, as you put it, you were still “out there every day” (striking out 5 times in one game, but you were out there).

These guys will say anything – ANYTHING – to downplay an injury. Heyward = proven liar.

let's go bravos

March 3rd, 2011
10:55 am

the game’s on espn today at 1:00! no better feeling than baseball starting again!

Owl Hunter

March 3rd, 2011
11:14 am

Sure, Jason = proven idiot.

Flyin' Dawg

March 3rd, 2011
11:33 am

CC you obviously did not play baseball at a very high level. In college and travel ball you are taught to be constantly moving. Watch Heyward when each ball is hit. Grounder to third with nobody one and he has to back up first. base hit to left with nobody on and he has to back up second. Treu baseball players know there is a ton of concentration needed and a large amount of running involved. This ain’t little league dude.

paw paw

March 3rd, 2011
11:33 am

Phil, You need to do your homework a little better! Its a long season, and I am sure Schafer is going to be in our plans and Heyward is going to be the face of the braves in the future!

Perplexed Braves Fan

March 3rd, 2011
11:55 am

What happened to Fredi’s pre-game stretching program?
I hope that we’re not looking at Cox 2.0.

Art Vandelay

March 3rd, 2011
1:05 pm

Wow, Phil — overreact much?

Brad in KY

March 3rd, 2011
3:33 pm

Schaefer played through a broken wrist a couple years ago. Is that not tough enough for you Phil?


March 3rd, 2011
4:07 pm

First in the rotation

SportsRadio PD

March 3rd, 2011
11:12 pm

Phil, click here to retract->____________________

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