Heyward goes on the disabled list

ANAHEIM – Jason Heyward was placed on the 15-day disabled list for recurring soreness in his right shoulder, the latest in a series of injury setbacks for the Braves’ prized right fielder.

Injuries are mounting for the Braves, and they didn’t want to go into the two-day Pittsburgh series that starts Tuesday not knowing if Heyward would be ready.

They purchased the contract of outfielder Wilkin Ramirez from Triple-A Gwinnett, creating a 40-man roster spot for Ramirez by moving relief pitcher Peter Moylan from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. Moylan had back surgery last week and is expected to be sidelined for about three months.

The Braves will likely go with hot-hitting Joe Mather in right, although Ramirez could see some playing time. Ramirez, 25, was hitting .248 with 15 extra-base hits (seven homers), 16 RBIs and six stolen bases in 33 games at Gwinnett, with a .513 slugging percentage but a skimpy .294 on-base percentage.

“Going into the National League games, you don’t want to be short,” said manager Fredi Gonzalez, of the decision to disabled Heyward.

Heyward was diagnosed with rotator-cuff inflammation in his non-throwing shoulder last week and got a cortisone shot. He missed five starts, returned to play three full games, then aggravated the shoulder in batting practice Friday.

He was used for defense in the final inning of Saturday’s 12-inning, 5-4 win against the Angels.

Heyward said the shoulder has bothered him since late in spring training, but worsened just more than a week ago to to the point where it hurt to swing. An MRI showed no structural damage, and the hope was that a few days of rest and the medication would take care of the problem.

But it didn’t.

Heyward is hitting .214 with 14 RBIs and a .317 on-base percentage in 45 games, although he’s tied for the team lead with seven homers. He is 4-for-41 (.098) with no RBIs and 15 strikeouts in May, including 2-for-12 in three starts since the cortisone shot.

The 21-year-old has been plagued by a series of nagging injuries since the remarkable first two months of his 2010 rookie season.

He hit .301 with 10 homers, 38 RBIs and a .421 OBP and .596 slugging percentage (1.016 OPS) in his first 46 games through May 30, 2010. In 141 games since, he’s hit .252 with 15 homers, 48 RBIs and a .364 OBP and .399 slugging percentage (.763 OPS).

26 comments Add your comment

Ezra

May 22nd, 2011
6:22 pm

chipper zzang

May 22nd, 2011
6:26 pm

STOP SLIDING HEAD FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Don't trade Young Pitching

May 22nd, 2011
6:31 pm

So Ezra what will you do with your “First!” place prize money?? Hope it was worth the wait.

Innocent Bystander

May 22nd, 2011
6:33 pm

How’s Nate? Might be time to trade some of that pitching depth for an outfield bat.

dawg4u

May 22nd, 2011
6:38 pm

Face it we are a .500 team at best or maybe even less. Losing four out of five to the Dbacks and Angels with an excellent opportunity to pick up ground plus still not figuring out how to consistently beat the Nats will really haunt us as it did last year. It’s good to beat the Phils two out of three but we once again show no consistency and have constant injury problems. I am just glad the Phillies have been awful offensively lately or we could be buried already. The trainer on our team has to be the busiest guy in the organization!

joe

May 22nd, 2011
6:41 pm

@ dawg4u……..

You have no idea what you are talking about – a .500 team with that staff? I hope you are kidding. It’s baseball and it’s a long season. They will be fine.

Heartbrokenagain

May 22nd, 2011
6:47 pm

This shouldn’t be a surprise at all with his track record in the minors.

Heyward looks to be Chipper 2.0. When he’s healthy he’s the engine that runs the train. But as Braves fans we are going to have to temper our expectations to be that he plays 120 games each year.

Justin

May 22nd, 2011
6:47 pm

Will Uggla bounce back?

Come on Guys

May 22nd, 2011
6:50 pm

How about try another approach to hitting? Swing at the pitches in the strike zone and let those outside of the strike zone go. Stop guessing so much and react to the pitch. The honeymoon is over for Parrish, he needs to produce or go.

oldmarriedwoman

May 22nd, 2011
6:51 pm

No matter how good the pitching is, we will not win squat with no hitting. More bad news the phillies are going to get Chase back in the next couple days. Uggla being slow was for April, May is supposed to be his best month. I was so excited when we got Uggla but he has been a $62 million bust.

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

May 22nd, 2011
6:52 pm

I gotta go w/ joe…but I’m still perplexed about our hitting…we stink

south georgia boy

May 22nd, 2011
6:53 pm

Put Uggla on the disabled list with Hayward. At the moment, both are useless.

Jake

May 22nd, 2011
6:54 pm

I’m with chipper zzang: Heyward — and everyone else on the team — ought to be fined every time they slide headfirst. Heyward and Prado both got hurt that way last year, and you can bet that’s why Heyward’s shoulder is bothering him. There’s no inherent advantage to a headfirst slide…unless you’re aiming for the DL.

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

May 22nd, 2011
6:54 pm

@south georgia boy
…Uggla has some nice cuts…if he hit the ball it would go DEEP…..does that matter..???

south georgia boy

May 22nd, 2011
7:01 pm

Uggla leads the league in two categories. Strikeouts and men left on base.

jim

May 22nd, 2011
7:03 pm

Uggla will go on a tear as soon as pitchers stop throwing him breaking balls and fastballs on the outside corner. As soon as pitchers start throwing some inside heat Uggla will be a beast.

dawg4u

May 22nd, 2011
7:05 pm

@Joe – Ok maybe we will be a few games over .500. Let’s look at some facts – our staff is leading the NL in ERA, even ahead of the Phils right now. We are hitting .240 as a team and that avg should go up as the year goes on and I agree that it is a long season. Even if we are close to .500 or a few games above or below, what do you see in this team that would make you think that we can overtake the Phillies? They have been averaging about five hits a game for the past eight days and have gained two games on the Bravos. Our starters are pitching well right now but we are not as good starter wise as the Phillies and their closer Ryan Madson is eight for eight in saving games whereas our closer Craig Kimbrel has blown two in the last 10 days. Granted, it is a long season but you have to base your predictions on what you have seen thus far and that is what I as a Braves fan since ‘66 am doing! Kimbrel will be very good eventually but what I have seen this year leads me to believe that it will be a learning process. It’s a long season and let’s hope for the best nothing I have seen this year leads me to believe that we are in the same class as the Phillies! It is what it is.

DAM

May 22nd, 2011
7:09 pm

Wonderful, bringing up another OBP black hole.

wallypip

May 22nd, 2011
7:10 pm

Uggla and Heyward suffer from the same maladies. They overswing. It’s the same problem you see little leaguers struggle with. Trying to kill and pull every pitch, which makes you drop your front shoulder and induces a lot of pop outs, which is what both are doing with some regularity. The pitchers are giving Uggla a steady diet of outside pitches, knowing he’s going to try to pull them. Anybody who throws him anything middle in is an idiot, because he is getting himself out by trying to pull and refusing to hit it the opposite way. I’m convinced that Heyward hurt his right shoulder overswinging. I think the whole team needs to be drilled on hitting the ball where it’s pitched, the other way if necessary. Once they start doing that, they’ll get more pitches they can turn on. As long as they’re falling into the trap of trying to pull every pitch, they’ll be mediocre to pathetic and all around ineffectual. Parrish should be called on the carpet. The approach, the attitude, the execution at the plate are all one giant pile of goo.

"Chef" Tim Dix

May 22nd, 2011
7:26 pm

JHey needs to drop the METRx and eat some butterbeans. Just sayin.

Dr. Phil

May 22nd, 2011
7:28 pm

I really dread when the Braves get runners on base. They are apparently unable to get three hits an inning, no matter how bad the opposing pitching is.

Miss Cleo

May 22nd, 2011
7:35 pm

Braves fans, brace yourselves…This is gonna get ugly!!!

alex

May 22nd, 2011
7:35 pm

Sat was a good come back, read MCann’s comments, then today…..
Mclouth is a gamer, tough, not a real good player, but he tries, hope he gets better so we can trade him.
Heyward has POTENTIAL, 15 days and back to AAA, needs some time to learn about MLB pitching, came up too fast (retrospective analysis are ALWAYS easy).
Uggla, has to get better because right now he’s barely AAA material, expect an improvement, but if you expected 280 with 30-35 homeruns–A 9 million dollar bust.
Injuries with our bench and overall talent-hopefully the young guys will get on-the-job training
FIRE FW’FIRE FW FIRE FW,AS FOR PARRISH AND FW-YOU CAN’T MAKE CHICKEN SALAD OUT OF FRANK WRENN’S CHICKEN SH=T

Matt

May 22nd, 2011
7:50 pm

Heyward = Jeff francuer

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