Heyward (shoulder) goes on 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 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).

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TK

May 22nd, 2011
7:25 pm

Heyward must be made of glass. Thumb, back, legs, and now shoulder. All these problems at 21??? Dale Murphy and Cal Ripken Jr must be shaking their heads.

smallmouth6

May 22nd, 2011
7:26 pm

TK: You’re right.

stew

May 22nd, 2011
7:37 pm

He just goes all out all the time. That’s why he gets hurt. I thought he was supposed to ditch the head first slides.

chem

May 22nd, 2011
7:42 pm

Headfirst slides are never worth the risk

Ripkin

May 22nd, 2011
7:45 pm

Yeah T.K. and Smallmouth, he must be made of glass, lets get rid of him. I’m sure, given his injury history, no other team in baseball would be interested in him.

Dawgdad (The Original)

May 22nd, 2011
7:58 pm

I know all about his potential, but for now, the way Mather is hitting, not sure we will miss Jason and his .214 BA.

They seriously need to do something with Uggla. Not sure what, but he seems to be in a real funk and the lack of production from our big guys, Jones, Uggla, and Haywood is really deflating.

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Largo

May 22nd, 2011
8:07 pm

Same old crap, Heyward is worth nothing and Uggla should be paying the braves for putting up with him.

dawg4u

May 22nd, 2011
8:11 pm

I had a feeling last year in Heyward’s first season when he was injured that this could be a recurring problem. We have to live with the fact that Heyward is probably going to be Bob Horner 2. He is just prone to injuries just like Horner and will probably spend much time on the DL. He is still just 21 and should be ancient by age 30. Let’s hope that he recovers and does all the right things to strengthen the injured area. I just hope he will be strong in attitude and work ethic to be of value to the Braves and not let this deter him. The key is for him to work through this and to get better to help the Braves.

JUSTAWIN

May 22nd, 2011
8:14 pm

NOW, MCCLOUDY TWEEKS HIS OBLIQUE NOT SWINGING AT A PITCH,,,HEYWARD IS ALWAYS HURT..ARE THESE GUYS TAKING LESSONS FROM CHIPPEE??..DOES ANYONE, EXCEPT PRADO, PLAY WITH ITSY BITSY INJURIES??? NONE HAVE GUTS….I THINK THE AGENTS TELL UM TO NOT PLAY EVEN WITH THE SLIGEST AILMENT…

bravelouisa

May 22nd, 2011
8:16 pm

who could play 2nd base instead of non-productive Uggla—Prado, the Savior of the Braves ;0 but he is absolutely great player. but then who at 3rd…..can Diory play there? Just wondering. Uggla is worthless right now and needs a reminder –a few splinters in his hiney for a week or so. Maybe that would wake him from his horrendous slump

Linebrink for Cy / Uggla for MVP

May 22nd, 2011
8:22 pm

probably should have been on the DL waaaay before now if it had been bothering him right out of spring training

Dennis Reynolds

May 22nd, 2011
8:24 pm

DOB-

If McLouth is put on the shelf, do you think Constanza will get the call?

JD

May 22nd, 2011
8:34 pm

Heyward has old man disease like Oden in the NBA….not good at all.

Don't trade Young Pitching

May 22nd, 2011
8:54 pm

Professionals play baseball that is similar to what you complainers call baseball in name only. It’s not so easy to hit and the best players all out. All of baseball hasn’t been wrong about Jayson Heyward.

Mudville Nine

May 22nd, 2011
9:14 pm

Story of the Braves franchise:

Amazing hitter signs with Braves: Batting average and production plummets

Average or below average hitter leaves Braves and signs with somebody else: Batting average and production skyrocket.

I know this is not the case for all, but it sure seems to happen a lot. And it is frustrating.

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The Lemmer

May 22nd, 2011
9:27 pm

Wow! Dan my man @ .185? Who’d a thunk it? Maybe sit him for 2 games in Pitt & then let him come back fresh at the start of the homestand & bat him lower, 6th or 7th, somethings gotta give, we need him to shake it off, no way he’s forgot how to hit all of a sudden, Cmon Dan, time to man up!!!!!!!!!!

groundfog

May 22nd, 2011
9:39 pm

They are protecting heyward. He is completely lost at the plate imo

ted

May 22nd, 2011
10:02 pm

It is not like Uggla is a .300 hitter. He has power. How many times has he it over .280?

MikeR

May 22nd, 2011
10:13 pm

Heyward = Bob Horner reincarnated. Extremely talented but always hurt. Dale Murphy and Ripken would be playing and still be productive.

phil

May 22nd, 2011
10:25 pm

Note uggly’s follow through…wretched looking…and the guy looks ridiculous flopping around in the box waiting on each strike…what a terrible disappointment….

As for Wayward, no surprise…overhyped flop…i was calling him Hurtward back before the season and was clearly on to something….

Now McOut is wounded on a checked swing…these guys are total pansies…

phil

May 22nd, 2011
10:26 pm

Ted – i think the concern now is trying to hit over .200….quit trying to defend this sad sack…he’s an embarassment to us all…

TNBravesFan

May 22nd, 2011
10:57 pm

I really wish they would’ve been smart and signed Scott Podsednik when they had the chance. Now the Phillies signed him and we may be without 2 OF shortly. Maybe we could make a trade for Willie Bloomquist??

Speedy Gonzalez

May 22nd, 2011
11:28 pm

No problemo, Prado leading off, Gonzo in 2 hole, Chopper @ 3, McCann cleanup, Hinske 5th, Uggly 6th, Freeman 7, & Mather 8th. No J Hey & no Nate, who knows, could be a good thing, Mather could be the RH bat we’ve needed in the OF, & now Fredi CANT play Freeman & Heyward on the same day!

bravefan

May 22nd, 2011
11:37 pm

i think braves need to trade Mike Minor or Julio Teheran to the Astros for Hunter Pence

Pence can play CF ,,,have a good speed good contact sometimes power and his a good defender and nice arm

and maybe lead off hitter

Largo

May 23rd, 2011
12:08 am

Alex G is no bargain either. He looks pretty bad at the plate with some of his weird moves. He gets some good hits though. I just get tired of his childishness when things do not go his way.

Summerteeth

May 23rd, 2011
12:35 am

If I was a pitcher, I would never throw Gonzalez or Uggla a pitch in the strike zone. They will swing at pretty much anything with no plan at all. Just up there wailing away trying to hit the ball a mile.

farmer

May 23rd, 2011
12:49 am

Heyward hurt again? surprise, surprise. Uggla is worthless? surprise, surprise.. this whole team hitting pathetic under a pathetic loser of supposed hitting coach? surprise, surprise.

Chippers curse

May 23rd, 2011
1:18 am

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Mr. Enigma

May 23rd, 2011
6:10 am

He just needs to rub some dirt on it.

wjones

May 23rd, 2011
7:01 am

“bravefan

May 22nd, 2011
11:37 pm
i think braves need to trade Mike Minor or Julio Teheran to the Astros for Hunter Pence

Pence can play CF ,,,have a good speed good contact sometimes power and his a good defender and nice arm”
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OK, Hunter Pence is a good player. Agreed. So do we HAVE TO GIVE UP OUR VERY BEST PITCHING PROSPECT FOR HIM? SOMEONE WHO THE BRAVES HAVE CONTINUALLY SAID IS UNTOUCHABLE? Pence is not at that level. Not for Minor, either. MAYBE we give up Delgado or Vizciano, but not even sure about that. If you want me to unload my prize pitching prospect, THE NUMBER ONE PITCHING PROSPECT IN ALL OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, offering just Hunter Pence does not wow me at all. Please stop undervaluing our players and way overvaluing the other team’s players. I know the grass always looks greener over there, but it ain’t necessarily so.

Guess what, all you others? Believe it or not, players do actually want to play. They don’t want to get injured. It hurts and costs them in health and money (long term) to be hurt. They aren’t getting injured and going into slumps just to piss you off. So grow up, please. Get over your pity party and look at some stats around the league. See what some other good players are doing. Not every slump is on our team. The Yanks just ended a 6 game losing streak, for God’s sake! If you want a team that wins on demand, and players that play on demand, go buy a video game. It will not stress you out nearly as much. Some folks just can’t take being a baseball fan. It’s no disgrace, maybe you just aren’t cut out for it.

dogman

May 23rd, 2011
7:56 am

Is Heyward a medical case or what? Only 21 and everything he has hurts. Another Bob Horner? The braves players have things “Tweek” sitting on the bench. If he doesn’t want to play trade for someone who does and send him back to the minors.One good thing about all this is he won’t ever make the “Tex” millions the way he stays hurt.

RBrave

May 23rd, 2011
8:26 am

Heyward’s bat should have been on the DL a month ago along with Ugglys. Don’t be too quick to trade away good pitching,just look back a year or two when we were bragging about our rotation and they all went down including Huddie. Don’t know what we can do but calling up an outfielder hitting .240 in the minors isn’t going to help much, what is Schaffer doing down there ?

alexander

May 23rd, 2011
8:37 am

Heyward the new horner, wow ,even I am not that cynical–
21 and in the MLB, give him a chance, pt for 2 weeks,recuperation, let’s see..
Uggla,different story,sit the porkchop,he’s not contributing and is a defensive and offensive drag.

a fan

May 23rd, 2011
8:40 am

wjones way to tell them,

milesarcher33

May 23rd, 2011
8:41 am

Heyward and Uggla never will be productive as Braves. Let’s cut our losses and get rid of them now.

JDB

May 23rd, 2011
8:53 am

All these injuries keep happening, yet I haven’t heard one person question our strength and conditioning coach. One or two injuries can be a fluke, but when it’s this many so early on, cleary these guys are not warming up properly or aren’t in good enough shape.

Another coach that somehow has avoided attention during this pathetic display of offense is our hitting coach. Why is everyone turning a blind eye towards him? The first six innings of the past six games (36 innings), we have mustered a measly two runs. Surely we have a capable hitting coach somewhere in the organization.

Make these moves now before it’s too late!

Where is Bobby when we need him? Never should have let Diaz get awayYogi

May 23rd, 2011
9:06 am

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Reason

May 23rd, 2011
9:48 am

Maybe a 21-year-old everyday RF isn’t such a good idea. Instead of blaming these players for their perceived shortcomings, why not blame Frank Wren for mandating Heyward’s role? As we have seen over the last 140+games, Heyward is no Miguel Cabrera. Why don’t we let him take some time to develop in Gwinnett and bring him back after a season or two?

Furthermore, to revisit the Hunter Pence acquisition, I like it. Here we are, discussing the vitality of one of our prized prospects and his insufficient production. Heyward was in the top 5 overall prospects in the nation shortly before his call-up, and though I dislike cutting ties with Minor (whose couldn’t make the team this year), using the “Best Prospect” argument yields no logic. Is Pence alone worth Minor? No, but perhaps we can steal ourselves a prospect out of their system too.

Regarding Dan Uggla: give him until the All-Star Break. He’s playing with a new group of guys, and he is probably trying too hard. Another case of paralysis by analysis? He’s explicitly uncomfortable, and his productivity won’t increase due to this bandwagoneering we have going on here.

Concerned Fan

May 23rd, 2011
10:43 am

Can the Braves hire Nick Esasky to be Dan Ugly’s personal batting coach? I think the close your eyes, and tremble in fear approach might allow Ugly to at least get hit by pitches, thus a better chance of getting on base, and driving in runs with the bases loaded.

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John

May 23rd, 2011
11:16 am

Maybe Uggla should cut that ridiculous mohawk. When athletes, especially baseball players start wearing them, they are lame. Not that they were that cool to begin with. In all seriousness, the team’s lack of patience at the plate is ridiculous. Give me TP back as hitting coach.

alexander

May 23rd, 2011
11:21 am

reason: agree with heyward issue-but didn’t wrenn bring us uggla? Hmmmm.

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bobbymahlon

May 23rd, 2011
11:57 am

As long as Uggla gives us 100% effort I’m going to stick with him. I think he is trying too hard and it is not easy not to get all tied up when you are not carrying your load. I’m behind him and I hope he pulls out of it pretty soon and sometimes all it takes is a couple of good swings and he will be on his way. I would love the Minor for Pence deal we need Pence’s kind of production more than we need Minor’s.

yogi

May 23rd, 2011
12:18 pm

Bringing up Wilkin Ramerez would be a good move. He has good power, good speed and is a good outfielder. Plus he bats righthanded

shmoe

May 23rd, 2011
12:49 pm

uggla..please don’t become a reggie sanders or brett boone for the braves.

heyward….WTF man.

Duder

May 23rd, 2011
1:33 pm

Dave,

Do you get the impression that there is any feeling at all in the organization that Heyward is a little soft? Me personally, I think he is having difficulties accepting his struggles. 1-for-15? Oh, I must be hurt again…I know that sounds awfully cynical and fan-ish of me, but the guy keeps going JD Drew on us

Dorothy Davis

May 23rd, 2011
1:46 pm

Heywards 214 average or injurys are nothing to worry about, now that Mather is hot! When you get to the “BIGS”, you have to pull your weight and in spite of all the hype about Heyward, he has not done that. But guess who has: JOe Mather! Maybe that could be a lesson about BELLY SLIDING? Whatever the reason for his injurys, it is all about who is doing the job, and right now it is JOE. WELCOME to the BIGS!

alexander

May 23rd, 2011
1:55 pm

Send Heyward to g-net,get him well and bring him back; this year is probably a wash anyway(I know it’s early, but tarot cards keep coming up on the negative side).Pretty nasty bringing up JD Drew and Bob Horner, he is 21, in only his second year. Braves commercials and ESPN commercials, too many expectations too soon-I hope!!!

Steven Lemon

May 23rd, 2011
3:40 pm

@speedygonzalez GONZO HITTING SECOND??? Have you SEEN him at bat lately? My negative scouting report on Jayson last spring was right on, and looking at Gonzales, throw him low and away and he is a complete clone of Dan Uggla! You put that clown in the 2 spot and you’ll kill nine of ten potential rallies every time.

I think the Braves made a boo boo, trying to add some POP with Uggla in exchange for a great glove (Infante) Instead of POP we got GRANDMA. The combination of Uggla and Gonzo up the middle is pretty good on the field, but they are both poster boys for bringing the DH to the NL, but let the pitchers hit and sit these two guys on offense.

As for Heyward, he will have to be MVP this year in order for me to forgive hiding an injury since spring and hurting the team the way he has. So he leads the team in homers. That is only becuase the team sucks in the power department.

Fab-Five Fredi

May 23rd, 2011
7:58 pm

This team is made of glass..no doubt. I say bring back the roids, beers-n-booze before the game and pills for the picking. They may be stoned out there, but, at least they will be out there. It worked ok in the 80’s and 90’s, why not today, just give some masking agents and our wounded warriors will be back in business, instead of smokin’ the peace pipe in the Brave’s clubhouse tee-pee.

bravefan

May 23rd, 2011
9:00 pm

Wjones:

well , i dont think Minor or Teheran are the best prospects ……. the media have the fault for over-rated some players ……

Beachy and Medlen never be rated in top 10 or top 20 in the MLB best rookies list… and look the stats

BEACHY
Carrer
Starts: 11 W-L : 1-3 IP: 59.1
H: 52 ER: 22 HR: 5 BB: 19 SO:61 WHIP: 1,20 ERA : 3.34
Avg against: .233 K/9 : 9.25 BB/9: 3.11

Yes ,, only have 1 win but the run support in Beachy’s games is awful

MINOR

9 STARTS W-L: 3-3 ERA: 6.40 IP: 45 ER: 32 HR: 6 BB: 15 SO: 45 WHIP: 1,67
K/9: 9.00 BB/9: 3 HITS: 60 Avg against: ,321

Minor throws all good games in first’s 4 games last 5 games Minor only throw trash remember the game vs Brewers 4 BB in a row …remember Wohlers?????? where are the strike zone????

Teheran maybe can be better than Minor only if he learn a good change-up and a good breaking ball ,,because only with heat never goes to be more than a simple long relief pitcher or a spot starter only when the braves need that…

Jurrjens,Hanson began very well since they made debut in the show and Beachy and Medlen pretty well too… so you have the future rotation in my last line

Jurrjens the ace
Hanson 2nd starter
Beachy 3rd starter
Medlen 4th starter
?????? 5th starter………..

and yes i continue thinking the braves need to trade a “top” prospect pitcher for a good outfielder (a lead off) ..a player who make’s the complete turn in this team

only in this way the braves would advance to the World series …they have the best pitchers staff in all baseball (Starters and Relievers) combining veterans with rookies :)

soo…GM ….make the changes in time!!!!!!!! dont wait for trade deadline…….

Actaul braves fan

May 23rd, 2011
9:16 pm

Now i know why people make fun of atlanta sports fans it because of these fair weather fans saying trade heyward and uggla. Really you wanna eat all the money we owe uggla after less than 50 games and you wanna trade the top young outfielder because he gets hurt since he has a lot of control over that. Calm down it happens players have really long slumps sometimes and guys get hurt. GO HEYWARD AND UGGLA AND GO BRAVES!!!!!!!

Coach

May 23rd, 2011
9:44 pm

Imagine that. What a Bust. Heyward can’t hit and now he is once again hurt. He has yet to make it through a MLB Season without missing time. Of course his bat won’t be missed. Actually it gives the Braves a chance now to put someone in RF that can make contact and put the ball in play.

A flash in the Pan if you ask me. He’s already missed all this time in his second year in the big leagues. Not a very good sign.

braves fan

May 24th, 2011
12:30 am

i dont know if astros trade pence to “x” team before trade deadline but

if astros want to trade him after trade deadline braves block this trade to phillies

( yes only if braves are in 2nd place) in waivers braves pick up first lol

soooo phillies dont dream with pence

GO BRAVES

Rod G

May 24th, 2011
12:43 pm

Calm down people. The sky is not falling and it’s still early. Let’s give the Braves until the middle of next month (like when I come from Greensboro to see the play the Blue Jays) to see where they are in the standings and how Heyward is doing healthwise. That being said, Philly is not invincible. That stellar rotation can’t touch ‘95 or ‘98.

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