Heyward’s 2nd MRI: no structural damage

A second, more advanced MRI on slugger Jason Heyward’s right shoulder showed the same thing as the first MRI:  no structural damage.

“Just normal wear-and-tear of a normal major league shoulder, some inflammation,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Heyward has been on the 15-day disabled list since Sunday, and Gonzalez said the Braves would wait for rotator-cuff inflammation to }calm down” before he resumes hitting.

Gonzalez said Heyward could be ready soon after the 15-day DL period, if he has no setbacks.

The right fielder will probably be sent to Orlando for a few extended-spring training games, then play a rehab game or two at Triple-A Gwinnett before he’s activated. In extended-spring games, Heyward could bat in every inning to get more work on his swing.

Heyward left the team Sunday in Anaheim and returned to Atlanta for a dye-contrast MRI, wherein dye is injected to enhance the scan images. He had complained of recurring soreness and crackling sensations in his right (non-throwing) shoulder.

The shoulder has bothered him since spring training, but worsened in mid-May to where it hurt to swing. He had an MRI, missed five starts and received a cortisone shot, then returned to the lineup May 16.

After playing three games, the soreness returned and Heyward was shut down last weekend and placed on the DL.

The 21-year-old standout’s production has declined significantly in his second season. He has batted .214 with seven homers, 14 RBIs and a .317 on-base percentage in 45 games, including an .098 average (4-for-41) with no RBIs and 15 strikeouts in May.

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May 27th, 2011
7:17 pm

i just hope he does not come back to soon and injures it more.


May 27th, 2011
7:18 pm

Not normal wear and tear for a 21 year old outfielder..Pitcher-Maybe, but not an OF…First base could be in his future.

matt young

May 27th, 2011
7:24 pm

release him and bring me back.


May 27th, 2011
7:29 pm

seems like good news, hope it plays out as planned and he is back soon hitting like the Jason we all love.

Dennis Reynolds

May 27th, 2011
7:30 pm

Mike Stanton>Jason Heyward


May 27th, 2011
7:58 pm

Oh great, we have another pansy man… Heyward is Chipper Jr. with his weakness and pansiness about these little hangnails, this is the 2nd time in a month he has had an MRI that has shown NO DAMAGE….NOT EVEN A MINOR MINOR TEAR or ANYTHING!!!! Completely fine MRI, and he is somehow too hurt to play…He is a crybaby and their is no reason a 21 year old in fine health cant go out there and play, this is because he is struggling at the plate and needs an excuse. Chipper Jr!!!


May 27th, 2011
8:01 pm

Jason Heyward is beginning to look a lot like Bob Horner. When he’s healthy, he’s great. The problem is he’s just not healthy very often.

Bud Selig

May 27th, 2011
8:06 pm

Heyward is soft. I’ll take a team full of hinskes or prados any day over this guy.

Stoned Mountain

May 27th, 2011
8:13 pm

Bud Selig, you always were a moron. Quick, what day is it????


May 27th, 2011
9:29 pm

I don’t think there is anything wrong with Heyhurts sholder, just another excuse for not being able to hit, just like his thumb, wrist, back, leg whatever is next.


May 27th, 2011
9:33 pm

He’s a bum, he’s worthless.


May 27th, 2011
9:35 pm

I am glad he is on the DL, not that we will do any better without him but meby if they keep him at AAA he will learn how to hit and adjust to different pitchers.


May 27th, 2011
9:37 pm

I also hope McOut stays at Gwinnette on rehab for the rest of the season.


May 27th, 2011
9:46 pm

Normal wear and tear after 425 total professional games (183 MLB +238 MiL). What exactly is that?


May 27th, 2011
9:59 pm

heyward is a class act-hope he is back soon and is again a major contributor to the team.


May 27th, 2011
10:08 pm

to young to be so fragile, he need’s to play at AAA at least 2 month, to recover his confidence…he doesn’t seem like 1 year ago…well this season it’s starting to be ill for us…beachy, hudson, heyward, chipper and his consistent absents…uggla left his ave. and power in fla., and on, and on, and mcout, and on, and lack of hr., and on, I’m sick of it……..

Mark (another one)

May 27th, 2011
10:16 pm

I believe the article says no STRUCTURAL damage, not nothing wrong. Inflamation is something wrong and needs to be dealt with. They hoped the shots and a break would do it but now they need to shut him down longer. The real point is to get past the inflamation.

I can’t believe some of the people on here.


May 27th, 2011
10:53 pm

My concern is the toughness factor??? I know nothing of what it takes to make it in the majors, but it just seems when he struggles at the plate there is always an “injury” that pops up…… Need his bat back in the order quick!!!


May 27th, 2011
11:23 pm

okay for all these people who think heyward is ’soft’, why don’t you go out and try a bone bruise in your thumb and hit a baseball.
same with the shoulder; i’ve had both injuries, and its a hella lot harder to hit a baseball when your thumb or your shoulder hurts

Chop Chop

May 27th, 2011
11:53 pm

I don’t think Heyward lacks toughness. I just don’t think his body is built to withstand the rigors of spring training, a 162-game regular season, and the playoffs. He still has gobs of talent.


May 28th, 2011
7:05 am

It doesn’t matter that he’s out. He’s contributed next to nothing this year. He’s another example of a young Braves outfielder that is all hype, and no substance.

bball fan

May 28th, 2011
7:38 am

What’s the big deal with him being out of the lineup? He wasn’t doing crap when he was playing. Do not compare him to Chipper, at least Chipper has had a great career. This kid has done NOTHING and people are trying to make him a superstar. Get real!


May 28th, 2011
7:56 am

Heyward = Greg Oden (NBA) Old man disease…oldest 21 yr old of all time. This dude and Freeman are hype products of the Sports Center culture. .I’ll take a team of 25 Hinske’s and kick your ace.


May 28th, 2011
8:04 am

Inflamation can be extremely painful. It is really pre-arthritis. Take Advil 3 times a day (3-4 pills each time) to reduce inflamation, and do mild aerobic and streching exercise to streghen the soft tissue arounf the shoulder joints. No weight lifting. As for baseball, go back to hitting linedrives to all fields, and stop trying to pull the ball and hit homeruns. He hits too many ground balls because he is swinging too early trying to pull the ball. Wait a little longer on the pitch, and take it the opposite way. He will hit a lot more linedrives like he used to.

Hinske Da Man

May 28th, 2011
8:17 am

Its starting to look like Jason Heyward is made out of glass. This is the 2nd test now that has shown no damage. If the Dr says he can’t do any more damage to it, then he should man up and play the game that he gets paid so well to.

Now I am not saying that it doesn’t hurt him, but when you see NFL QB’s and RB’s playing with significant ankle injuries, and torn ACL’s, and a MLB OF can’t play when a injury is to his non throwing shoulder, you have to start wondering. I will never say that Jason Heyward is a slacker, you can tell he works his butt off to be better, but he sure doesn’t look like no Superstar now. JMO.


May 28th, 2011
9:13 am

Braves fans, get ready for years of stomach wrenching, I-feel-like-I’m-watching-figure-skating cringes every time Heyward slides, dives or swings extra hard. He’s like fine china; looks pretty in the cabinet but you’re scared to use it because it might break.


May 28th, 2011
9:31 am

The next J.D.Drew.


May 28th, 2011
9:42 am

It might be time for Paw Paw Heyward to start considering retirement. All those “year” of wear & tear in the bigs is starting to take a toll on his body.

Speaking of oft injured players, if Jordan Schafer continues to hit a bit, I think he will be doing the oft injured .238 Nate a huge favor, and put him out of his misery. .238 Nate’s days of being able to hit .250 are long gone in my opinion. Too many injuries (head case) and the reality of I can’t hit for a real baseball team because of the pressure has rendered .238 Nate as toast.

Next up on the injured list because of the pressure of having to play for a real team is Dan Cooley Uggla…You know that Uggs would love to spend some time on the Hampton err err DL, so that his .183 average won’t drop any further.


May 28th, 2011
11:01 am


Heyward is so overratted it is funny. What a little girl. All hype and a bust. Trade his sorry a?? and get someone in here who plays and wants to play.

braves fan forever

May 28th, 2011
11:26 am

Hey Monger how can you compare him to Chipper.Chipper has had a hall of fame career.Sometimes I guess they leave the gate at the nut house open and people like you get out.Go back in your hole.

Dominic Oates

May 28th, 2011
11:28 am

You guys are ridiculous! You all were the same ones who went out and bought a million Heyward jerseys and said he was the best ever and he still is! but remember when you idiots thought that Francoeur was the greatest thing ever? Yeah now look and Heyward isn’t soft he is smart! you losers wouldnt understand that 1 he still has to be concerned about his future and 2 i bet some san fran giants fan wish Posey wouldve been soft and not tried to take that hit. 1 play, 1 games opposed to the whole season? Yall are dumb! If the man comes back and hits 30 HR 100 RBIs and bats .280 you all will be voting him MVP. yall are poor braves fans and dont know crap about baseball or sports period!

Dominic Oates

May 28th, 2011
11:35 am

plus if anyone has had a pansy career you guys god send chipper jones STAYS hurt! yall gonna talk trash about him too even tho he is one of the greatest braves EVER! yall are so stupid


May 28th, 2011
11:51 am

Heyward when in the lineup is still dangerous, he can still get on base and hit for power. In the start of the season he was hitting homers in may he fell off most likely due to the shoulder injury when that heels completly he should come back strong and with a vegence.(espcially aftwr reading this blog.)i think uggla need to be sent down for a few weeks to get his confidence back. Mather prado hinske are all hot they need to be in the lineup while we have injuries. Send uggla down( play wit his mind a lil he jus signed a big deal and get sent to the minors the stroke will come back for sure then TRUST ME) put prado at second, bring up matt young play him in left shafaer in center and hinske in right while chipper in out put mather at third(yes mather can play third) and a lineup similar to this: 1. Young LF 5. Hinske RF 2. Shafaer CF 6. Freeman 1B 3. Prado 2B 7. Gonzalez SS 4. McCann C 8. Mather

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May 28th, 2011
12:08 pm

Heyward just needs to get bigger, put on more weight. Im you really are a true braves fan u can remeber players went let go due to lack of patience and they blossum elsewhere. Jermaine Dye went on to be pretty good, Elvis Andrus is a stud(evrything we lack a table setter defensiveSS. SPEED) adam wainwright, and dont slip on lillibridge in chicago, and frenchie doin ok in KC


May 28th, 2011
12:22 pm

They should do an MRI on his heart…maybe that’s what is missing.

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chatt matt

May 28th, 2011
1:10 pm

I am trying to stay postive because its still early but right now this team could not hit out of a wet paper bag.

Brave New World

May 28th, 2011
1:26 pm

Some may ridiculously question whether or not Heyward has toughness, but there is no question most on this blog lack brains.


May 28th, 2011
1:29 pm

No wonder parents wouldn’t let him play football, nuff said on that. Another thing, as I have said before, if he ever slides head first again, fine the young man. I even saw him sliding head first into home, luckily there was no play. Could only imagine if there was one though and catcher blocking the plate, DISASTER !!!


May 28th, 2011
1:35 pm

Fredi was priceless with that sound bite. He was channeling a mix of Bobby and Wren.

Normal wear & tear on a 21yo? What are you smoking Fredi.

He is Cliff Floyd part deux or at least he is getting ready for the role.


May 28th, 2011
2:02 pm

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Dr. C

May 28th, 2011
3:52 pm

Such a violent swing…he’s got to make some adjustments…and conserve on the big swings.

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May 28th, 2011
4:48 pm

trade heyward for anyone that wants to play and the braves will be ahead

Owl Hunter

May 28th, 2011
5:03 pm

So nice to hear such definitive criticisms of Heyward from a bunch of fat losers who can barely move, much less make a major league roster. You people know nothing about baseball. Go back to stuffing your face with Doritos, and don’t question someone’s heart until you’ve done what they have done. Pathetic!

Owl Hunter

May 28th, 2011
5:10 pm


Uggla can’t be optioned to the minors because he has five years of service time. We’d have to DFA him, which would be idiotic. He is a pro, and he will get it together. He’s not some rookie who needs his head played with. And Chipper back in the outfield? Please…


May 28th, 2011
6:31 pm

I agree with worm – normal wear and tear?? He’s a CHILD!! No way should he be having problems like this already.


May 29th, 2011
8:18 am

Monger…..I see by your comments, you have never played organized sports. What a Maroon!!!

Amber……You sure can have normal ware and tear on the body at any age past puberity. Why do you not believe the Doctors in this case? Do you know these Doctors to be incompitent and in need of a medical review of their knowledge and procedures??? If you know something, let us all in on your secrets!


May 29th, 2011
9:37 am

Loyal 2dagame….Uggla can’t be optioned because of the CBA.


May 31st, 2011
12:17 am

You Atlantans dissing Heyward are out of your mind. I’d like you to remember your comments 2 or 3 years from now when he nails the NL MVP. If he’s as bad as you say, feel free to send him up here to Chicago. I’ll take him on my team anytime.

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