Health updates on Jones, Hinske, Heyward

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Chipper Jones’ surgically-repaired left knee bounced back well from his first start at third base Thursday. It was the rest of him that needed a breather.

Jones was back at designated hitter for Friday’s game against the Blue Jays. He went 1-for-3 with a line drive single.

“I’m pretty sore, sore all over, (but) the knee’s not bad,” Jones said. “You can’t simulate everything you do in a game, whether it’s squatting to get ready at third, taking off, stopping, starting on the bases. You take it for granted until the next morning. Yesterday was a good first step.”

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he’s likely to play Jones at DH again Saturday and then get him back in the field Sunday against the Nationals.

Eric Hinske was scratched from the lineup on Friday with left calf stiffness but said he would be fine to go Saturday.

“They didn’t want me running around left field today,” Hinske said. “Take a day.”

Right fielder Jason Heyward sat out for the second consecutive game with soreness in his left groin. But he took batting practice Friday and came away pleased with how it felt. He plans to test it running Saturday and if all goes well, get back in the lineup on Sunday against the Nationals.

“I feel confident about it,” Heyward said after batting practice. “If it was the season, (I’d) definitely play tomorrow. But now, let’s make sure.”

From split-squad action Friday

Closer candidate Craig Kimbrel had his second two-run outing in three spring training appearances, giving up three hits Friday in Viera but he also struck out two batters. Nate McLouth continued to swing a hot bat, going 2-for-2 with a double and a walk to raise his average this spring to .500 (5-for-10). The game was delayed two minutes for a swarm of bees in right field.

In the Braves’ loss to Toronto at home, reliever Peter Moylan struggled with location on his sinking fastball, giving up four hits to the first five batters he faced in a two-run ninth inning.

Former Brave shortstop Yunel Escobar went 2-for-4 for the Blue Jays and made a nice turn and throw to get Alex Gonzalez, his shortstop counterpart in the trade with Toronto last year.

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justin1

March 4th, 2011
5:21 pm

Heyward better get that thumb healed up before he becomes the next Jeff Francouer

justin1

March 4th, 2011
5:22 pm

He’s just going to be one of those players (like Jr.) who gets hurt so much that his numbers will never match up to his ability.

DHD

March 4th, 2011
5:29 pm

Yeah…Heyward sucks. Where do you people come from???

justin1

March 4th, 2011
5:31 pm

Nobody said he sucks…

DHD

March 4th, 2011
5:31 pm

Oh yeah….Jr had some pretty bad numbers too…..enough to get him into the Hall of Fame anyway. Brilliant observation.

brick tamland

March 4th, 2011
5:36 pm

who’s good performance is more crucial
Nate mclouth or Craig Kimbrel……?

Braves Paisan

March 4th, 2011
5:37 pm

What is the word on Kimbrel? Is it bad location, or is he working on pitches? Or maybe he doesn’t have his velocity yet? He is scheduled to be a big part of our squad this year.

justin1

March 4th, 2011
5:39 pm

Jr. never had Yachts on the reg.

justin1

March 4th, 2011
5:42 pm

Plus Jr.s career was cut short. He was an exceptional player and was able to do a lot during his career and thats why he’s in the Hall. But imagine if he wasnt always hurt like Heyward will be…

You basement dweller. Chipper would slap you in the mouth.

Wags......

March 4th, 2011
5:42 pm

One more year, Wags. Get a Ring. We might need you, boss.

GT Alum

March 4th, 2011
5:45 pm

Wags is not pulling a Brett Favre. Let’s move on people…

Kenshin Kawakami

March 4th, 2011
5:52 pm

I want to close. Can i close please?

#6

March 4th, 2011
5:53 pm

Chipper should grow up finally. If he is so sore after 5 innings then it’s time to DH. Angles looking for someone just like him. Having Hicks play third eats up at bats from someone that will make the team. When Chipper gets hurt it just deflates the team. We moved Murph and Phil time to move Larry.

Brandon Beachy

March 4th, 2011
6:01 pm

want to consider giving me a shot at closing?

Freddi Gonzalez

March 4th, 2011
6:09 pm

@ Kenshin Kawakami

you can close…. your dreams of being a successful pitcher..

jaybob

March 4th, 2011
7:05 pm

Jr’s in the Hall? How did I miss that one? Thought he almost signed with the Bravos just a year or two ago. I gotta quit drinking.

Steve H

March 4th, 2011
7:08 pm

What makes you think Heyward will be injury-prone? This is NOT about his thumb. It’s about his GROIN!!!!

He had a thumb injury.WOW! A slightly tweaked groin is not an uncommon injury. In case you weren’t aware, all players deal with minor injuries over the course of a season. Most of the time we never even know about it.

Do you have any idea how much pain Cal Ripken was in a lot of his time during his streak? Yeah .. he played through some pain. You never heard about what was going on with him though. So .. your little theory holds no water. Heyward is a human being and when you play a demanding sport and you are pure muscle, muscles will get tweaked. Period. The man said he would play tomorrow if it was the season so that shows he is not seriously injured.

You are a true homer. When Jr got OLD, he was more injury-prone. Why? Because he played hard as HELL all the time. His hamstring was wearing out because he played on turf for so long, so when he got to cincy and hurt it seriously he was pretty much done. Heyward on the other hand is not dealing with any type of debilitating injury problems like Jr. With all this in mind, maybe you will think before speaking about something you know nothing about.

jaybob

March 4th, 2011
7:21 pm

Ohhhhh…Cal Ripken…THAT Jr. I do gotta quit drinking. And I’m not really sure I’d say his career was cut short. I mean, it was only like what…20 seasons or something…half of them straight thru?

Dwc

March 4th, 2011
7:22 pm

You can tell the people from Philly and NY who have to be negative on the home teams best talent, get a life, Heyward should be a good player unless he is run out of town.

Ghost of Gil Garrido

March 4th, 2011
8:32 pm

Justin1: go read a book, son. Come back in a few years when you know what you’re talking about.

What

March 4th, 2011
9:18 pm

how many philly and NY fans are reading a blog that is just a spring training health update? I mean really, I think Philly fans have enough to read about on their rotation alone. NY fans I’m sure have little time to waste reading about Chipper, J-who?, and a backup LF (a backup on the Braves, no less).

Cmon, man.

What

March 4th, 2011
9:22 pm

Of course, I’m not knocking Jason Heyward. But all too often the media hypes up some rookie talent; then they wind up what, average at best? I’m not saying that is what is going to happen with Heyward, but I’m sorry, there is no such thing as a sure bet.

Let’s not go putting Heyward in Cooperstown just yet.

Ron Hyatt

March 4th, 2011
9:32 pm

Let’s not go putting Larry in Cooperstown just yet.

FTFY.

judy

March 4th, 2011
10:33 pm

i think Heyward was great when he trys everything he can!!but grandma is upsseieve whith heyward she said”she would like to pinch his butt”. just dont take like weird way

Stew

March 4th, 2011
10:34 pm

Do these guys do nothing in the off season. It is ridiculus that these overpaid primadonas come into the preseason out of shape. The key to a good season performance is the prep work you do months before. I learned that in high school cross country.

justin1

March 4th, 2011
10:45 pm

Haha I see we have a bunch of jock sniffing basement dwellers in here today.
Heyward has ALWAYS been injury prone.
Jr. was getting hurt all the time which took away from his numbers (which are still amazing)
I hope Heyward is the next big thing for the Braves, but I’m still skepitcal about his ability to stay healthy long enough to be what we want him to be.
Heyward also was quoted in an interview as saying, “Steve H. will never have Yachts on the reg like me and should just move out of his mothers basement”

Steve H.
Obviously youve never swung a bat a day in your life. Thumb injuries are pretty serious to a hitter. If you think its not, you should take a look at Heywards numbers before the break and compare them to after.
He also said its still not better and he suspects it will NEVER be 100%….

justin1

March 4th, 2011
10:49 pm

And were talking about Griffey not Cal.

Ralph

March 4th, 2011
11:27 pm

I know its early but I suspect we had better be looking hard for a closer, never did think he was ready for such a pressure position, probably in a couple of years he will be.

Brava

March 5th, 2011
12:04 am

OK, Wags, it’s time to make your grand entrance. Ride in on a horse, play “Enter Sandman” and blow smoke out of your ears, but just come back because we need you.

Roy Wood

March 5th, 2011
1:33 am

What about Shaffer is he going to be given a chance?I sure hope so he looked like the real deal at the start of last season before he hurt himself.

tony austin

March 5th, 2011
2:40 am

From what I’ve seen of Heyward so far, I’m not impressed at his ability to stay healthy. As a matter of fact, I think the Braves may have another glassman in the lineup. Hopefully I’m wrong, but it seems every time I turn around I read where Heyward has tweaked/pulled (fill in the blank).

So Cal Brave

March 5th, 2011
3:16 am

For all of those who don’t read these posts too often and therefore, don’t know who justin1 is, or just haven’t figured it out, just ignore his comments. He’s the glass half empty, woe is me, the sky is falling kinda guy. I’m sure he really wants the Braves to succeed, but would probably get more joy from being right about a negative statement he makes, than being wrong about it.
Don’t respond to him, just let him be his emo “basement dweller” self…

Slim Love

March 5th, 2011
3:47 am

The Mets stink. The Marlins won’t spend any money, and the Nationals are still trying to build a competitive team. So the season boils down to a Braves-Phillies clash. The Phillies have the best rotation in baseball, but the Braves have a rotation that is pretty good too. Little things will decide the race. Speed, defense, and David O’Brien’s ability to avoid split infinitives. Should be a fun season.

Slim Love

March 5th, 2011
3:50 am

To carefully avoid split infinitives, I meant to say.

Brave New World

March 5th, 2011
7:03 am

Relax doomsayers. Spring training is when players like Kimbrel experiment with different approaches that might (or might not) improve their game. As far as Heyward goes, it’s way too early to say he’s injury prone. What we do know is that J-Hey is immensely talented, and will continue to get better. Any true Braves fan has to be pulling for Chipper to come back strong. McClouth seems to be on the right track – he’s a solid ball player, and I hope he has a good year. The best news is the Braves are stocked with established talent, and appear to have new talent ready to make the jump to The Game. GO BRAVES!

Rcs

March 5th, 2011
7:26 am

I was there….it was not a swarm of bees…they were gnats….Jason Wyreth ran off the field like a million dollar baby and the umps stopped the game for a minute or two

jaybob

March 5th, 2011
9:44 am

If you guys are talking about Jr Griffey, then maybe YOU need to stop drinking. He’s a long way from HOF eligible. Or is this another one of those blogs where everyone is making shat up? I can never tell anymore.

justin1

March 5th, 2011
10:54 am

So Cal Brave.
How many games did you actually get to see last year from out in Cali?
Heyward is made of glass but when he’s healthy, theres not many ppl better than him.
And I would rather be wrong about everything I say and have the Braves win the World Series.
Chipper is going to slap you in the mouth if you dont get out of your mothers basement and do something productive. If you want to talk about the Braves, no your players first. Dont just bow to all of them just because theyre major leaguers.
Until you gets Yachts on the reg, dont come at me with that bullshnit, amigo.

justin1

March 5th, 2011
10:55 am

The Dude Abides

March 5th, 2011
11:00 am

All closers have bad Springs, its only when the games get serious then they’ll use their serious stuff.

Scott

March 5th, 2011
11:12 am

Glad to see Nate has a hot bat this spring…but if I remember correctly didn’t have a hot bat last spring but fell apart as soon as the season started??? I feel like his problems started when the team played that little trick on him after his walkoff early last spring. Hopefully he has shakin off the bad ju ju and is ready to be our everyday CF again.

bvillebaron

March 5th, 2011
12:02 pm

justin 1:

Since you seem to know everything about everything, back up your statement that Heyward is injury prone by documenting how many times he was on the DL while in the minors. The guy is 21 years old, was on the DL once last year and the team is keeping him out of a couple meaningless minor league games and all of a sudden his is ALWAYs injury prone. Gimme a break.

P.S. To Ron Hyatt: Larry “Chipper” Jones is a lock for the Hall of Fame.

Ryno

March 5th, 2011
12:08 pm

Scott, mclouth batted maybe .100 last spring. So no, last year he was terrible from day 1. It is a very good sign to see him off to a good start.

CP

March 5th, 2011
12:11 pm

@Justin1: How are you making the determination that Heyward is “injury prone” after only seeing one major league season where he experienced a single significantly nagging injury? I’ve even checked his minor league stats, and I don’t find anything there that indicates that he experienced any higher than normal injury rate. I’m just saying that it’s pretty silly to be making broad, sweeping statements about the future of a player’s career after such a small sample size of information.

justin1

March 5th, 2011
12:32 pm

I went to a high school 5 miles from Heyward and saw him play even then alot. And I dont feel like looking up his whole career in baseball to find out how many times hes been on DL. Why dont we just use the time that he’s been in the majors as a scope. How many times have we heard about a thumb or a tweak or a hamstring already?

justin1

March 5th, 2011
12:36 pm

Trust in the anonymous blogger named justin1 that he knows what he’s talking about at all times.

Most athletes his size are injury prone. Look at Uggla. Never hurt. Plays in almost every singe game. Look at Josh Hamilton. Always hurt. The list goes on. Its well documented that big bodied athletes are more injury prone. Dont get mad at me because Ive got yachts on the reg. Im just a realist.

Scott

March 5th, 2011
12:45 pm

@Ryno thanks much appreciated must’ve “misremembered” oh well either way good to see he is doin very well. I hope he pulls through I like the guy.

roja

March 5th, 2011
1:24 pm

Sounds like Moylan is in mid-season form already……

roja

March 5th, 2011
1:24 pm

Let’s 86 “#6″

eastbound and down

March 5th, 2011
2:53 pm

justin1 do you mean “big’ like cal ripken, jr. 6′4” 200 lbs, played ss? (same height as Josh H.)
btw, thanks for letting us know you went to high school. i would never have guessed it.

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