Heyward, McLouth, Beachy updates

HOUSTON — The Braves got encouraging news Friday when right fielder Jason Heyward hit off a tee and did other “baseball activities” without discomfort in his right shoulder.

He’s been on the disabled list since since May 22 with inflammation of the labrum in his non-throwing shoulder, and has rehabbed and worked out more than a week at the team’s training complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

But Friday was the first time he swung a bat in nearly three weeks.

The Braves will wait to see how he feels Saturday before ramping up his rehab schedule. Within a few days he could possibly take batting practice and hit in extended-spring training games in Florida, but the Braves won’t bring him back until Heyward feels he’s healthy.

Center fielder Nate McLouth (strained oblique) will return from the DL sooner, barring any unexpected developments. McLouth has begun taking batting practice and will hit in simulated-game conditions against DL’d pitche Brandon Beachy this weekend  in Florida.

Beachy is also recovering from a strained oblique and could return to the Braves’ rotation later this month, if his continues his steady progress when he pitches in simulated games and rehab starts in the next two weeks.

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Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

June 10th, 2011
8:28 pm

We need some help; quick. The crisis isn’t talent, it might come down to sheer numbers. Help. We need some outfielders…..

Total Grace

June 10th, 2011
8:34 pm

south georgia boy

June 10th, 2011
8:44 pm

Cal Ripkin will be trembling with fear now that Hayward is coming back to break his consecutive games played record.


June 10th, 2011
8:55 pm

So could Nate and/or Jason return to the lineup sometime next week?

ExBraves Fan

June 10th, 2011
9:26 pm

BG13: Heyward has not swung a bat in 3 weeks. He will not be ready next week. He needs a lot of ABs to get back into his swing and timing back. Timing is the big thing. After 3 weeks of not swinging it is like starting over again.

Business Man

June 10th, 2011
10:09 pm

Chipper was right. Though he did not say it directly, it is time for Heyward to suck it up and play.

Brave New World

June 10th, 2011
11:02 pm

If Heyward is not ready to play he will “suck it up.” It seems Chipper is not the only genius that knows Heyward’s injuries better than he does.


June 10th, 2011
11:18 pm

Really… Chipper (who seemed to sit out every time he stumped his toe for around five years or so, and had Smoltz and Brian Jordan get on his case) telling him to suk it up is one thing, but the bloggers? HOW DO Y’ALL KNOW THESE THINGS??? Business Man, south georgia boy… Are you armchairs privy to medical reports, have doctoring acumen, or are you just clairvoyant and know how the man feels??? The unlimited knowledge you all possess is just flat out amazing… Experts in batting, pitching, managing, running the front office, and now the medical aspects of injuries… You dips should be running the world!!!

Faux positive

June 10th, 2011
11:33 pm

So the injury machine is getting better. The Braves have won 4 straight without Heywood and mclout and have been playing fairly good. Maybe if the I M and mcclout both stay out longer the Braves will do better. Don’t miss em as much as I thought. Prado on the other hand is going to be missed. Lets see how long mheywood can play without getting hurt.


June 10th, 2011
11:43 pm

Chill Lobosolo, it’s just a blog that means nothing.

south Georgia and businessman are just stating their opinions, just like you.

The only difference is you resorted to name calling.

have a good night, CHOW


June 10th, 2011
11:49 pm

Can’t have a guys hitting .196 and .170 at the top of the order.
Can someone give a reason????


June 11th, 2011
12:02 am

Could be that the guy now hitting .200 leads the team in steals with 5 and has an OBP 4th on the team. And, is catching everything in the OF and no one is running on him.
As for Uggla batting 2nd, trying to get him going by batting Chipper behind him. Uggla had a double tonight. We badly need him to get going. One would think Uggla would be in the 2 hole tomorrow night too against Wandy.


June 11th, 2011
12:04 am

Braves record now 10-4 with Schafer in CF. Doubtful if he leaves CF when McLouse returns. McLouse probably plays LF and Hinske RF. McLouse probably plays LF until Prado returns. That would be my guess.

Ron Patterson

June 11th, 2011
2:09 am

Is it true that when Uggla hit the double in the third inning that he had to stop at first and ask Pendleton for directions to second base?


June 11th, 2011
2:14 am

Cal Ripken~ is “Shivering : in his Boots?
Now that
‘puss-n-boots” is cumin off the DL!?

lets Go J-Hey!!!!!!!
This is June?
Lets see how far a “Crocodile Tear:
will make it?

chipper!! Kicked the mans ass in gear! :-)

Joe for 3

June 11th, 2011
2:19 am

Hayward, Haywood, Heywood, Hardwood

Jesus Christ, can you idiots spell the guy’s last name correctly. It happens non-stop in this blog.



June 11th, 2011
2:54 am


June 10th, 2011
11:43 pm
Chill Lobosolo, it’s just a blog that means nothing.

south Georgia and businessman are just stating their opinions, just like you.

The only difference is you resorted to name calling.

have a good night, CHOW”

dd, how were the others not resorting to name calling? They were calling out players, safe inside their computer rooms. And Lobo was calling them on it. Why does that bother you? I too tire of the negatitvity. If this was an easy game to play we’d all be in the lineup, right? It’s beyond my comprehension why some “fans” can’t seem to enjoy a 4 game winning streak. I’d hate for any of them to be my boss; think I’d be looking for another job quickly before their company went under.


June 11th, 2011
6:44 am

it is high time for the braves to get a decent outfielder who can hit 270 or higher.

heyward is having a sub-par year and i am beginning to wonder if he has the determination
to be the player the braves can count on.

the pitching is awesome, but the braves cannot challenge if they don’t get more fire power in the outfield.


June 11th, 2011
7:20 am

Uggla’s double was on a mistake pitch – a hanging slider on the inner third. When they located away he flailed and struck out due to his intractable tendency to fly open. It doesn’t matter where he hits in the lineup if he’s hopeless on pitches on the outer third

The reason the Braves offense has improved is that guys who were hitting below the Mendoza line for long stretches – Uggla, Heyward, McLouth – have been out of the lineup, replaced by bench players hitting 50 to 100 points better. They hit better because they have better approaches. Mather, Hinske, and Schaefer have all been getting on base at a much higher rate. Diory H. and Conrad are also hitting better than the guys we’re missing, and Matt Young had a multi-hit game last night. It’ll be interesting to see what FG does when those guys come back off the DL.


June 11th, 2011
8:15 am

Very good take Mackeral! I agree. Freddi needs to let the bench play more, especially at 2B! With injuries, the line up is moving ball the same, or a little better, than before. Maybe JS can knock down CF and lead off, and Prado can go to the 2. Uggla should be in 7th spot with or without injuries!!

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

June 11th, 2011
8:33 am

Man that Haywood guy is alwys injrued. How many more gmaes will he miss this year?


June 11th, 2011
8:36 am

Yeah, I’m not sure McOut coming back is going to save this offense. A healthy Heyward will, but Atlanta Nate ain’t the answer. Might be an upgrade over Young, but that’s only a “might”.

I think Schafer has been great. He’s getting on base, stealing, getting in scoring position and playing really strong defense. It would be a shame if McOut shifts him to LF.

Gary Lawhead

June 11th, 2011
8:38 am

Prado’s “infection” could be devastating. Either Sporting News or ESPN Mag had an article on the impact of the terrible MSRA infection on sports a few months ago. The Boston Celtics were the first major team to fess up about the ravages of MSRA in their locker room. It killed more people last year than HIV (177,000 to 117,000). Nobody ever mentions MSRA, in sports or in hospitals. It is normally contacted in the hospital. Having had a knee replacement and hip replacement in the past 10 months, I saw first had the measures being taken in hospitals to control the infections. Staph infection in the cover name for all infections from insignificant ones to MSRA. Prado could easily miss several weeks to several months. Other than McCan, Prado is the Brave that could not be replaced, like last year. Actually, with Ross available, Prado is the most irreplaceable Brave.

Mr Bill

June 11th, 2011
9:38 am

I’m still upset over the Thrashers being sold what a tragedy.

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June 11th, 2011
10:46 am

seems to me we are doing fine without Heyward and McLouse…….Heyward wasn’t hitting worth crap anyway and Jordan is faster and has better arm
oh well……..
did someone say that Fredi has never played in the big leagues? If that’s the case, no wonder he looks and acts out of place


June 11th, 2011
11:14 am


June 11th, 2011
10:46 am
seems to me we are doing fine without Heyward and McLouse…….Heyward wasn’t hitting worth crap anyway and Jordan is faster and has better arm
oh well……..
did someone say that Fredi has never played in the big leagues? If that’s the case, no wonder he looks and acts out of place”

Yeah, that must be it. Joe McCarthy (ever heard of him? Won 7 WS titles; HOF manager) never played an inning in MLB. Neither did Earl Weaver (ever heard of him? 6 Division Titles; 4 pennants, 1 WS Title; HOF manager); Walter Alston (ever heard of him? 4 WS Titles; 7 pennants; HOF Manager) went to bat once in MBL–and struck out. There are countless others. Not a big deal at all. The annals of MLB are also filled with superstar players who were NOT successful managers (Ted Williams, Rogers Hornsby, Mel Ott–ever heard of those?) Freddi has extensive minor league managerial experience, and extensive major league coaching experience. One thing he has been most successful at, however, is making the negative and uninformed bloggers such as you appreciate the work of Bobby Cox. And that can’t be bad. The other thing positive he has done is to take an injury-plagued, hitting deficient squad, and get them within 2 games of the team with the league’s best record.

Dr. Phil

June 11th, 2011
11:17 am

Chipper’s contributions this year have been minimal, and he should not be offering advice to Hayward on playing through injuries. Shafer is a spark plug. Please do not replace him with McLouth.

John A.

June 11th, 2011
11:21 am

McLouth may as well stay on the DL. Coming off of the DL isn’t going to help his batting eye. Has anyone ever thought to check his eyes?

Uggla could use an eye check too, I saw him swing at a pitch that nearly bounced in the dirt last nite. GREAT EYE!!!!!!!!!!!!


June 11th, 2011
11:41 am

It might justb be me… But it seems Heyward does not care about playing… I think he is going cause the braves problems in the future….

Slim Shady

June 11th, 2011
12:42 pm

Heyward’s a wuss! He has read too many of his press clippings. I’d love to know what kind of response Wren would get from other GM’s if he (Wren) started putting Heyward’s name out “there”…


June 11th, 2011
12:58 pm

Let’s please stop comparing Heyward to Chipper Jones. Jones is a first ballot Hall of Famer, who rarely missed any games until he was in his mid-thirties. Heyward is 21 and already missing a substantial amount of games. Also, there is no comparison in their accomplishments, obviously. Potential is great, but it must be realized before you can put him in the same sentence with Jones.

Coach Hindsight

June 11th, 2011
1:55 pm

I have season tickets and on many occasions I’ve seen Heywards mom bring him a hotdog and a coke to the dugout during the game.


June 11th, 2011
2:37 pm

Enter your comments here


June 11th, 2011
2:39 pm

So are you ragging his mom, the coke, or the hot dog? I see no problem as long as the coaching, and managers don’t have a problem with it. It’s his mom. Not the President.


June 11th, 2011
3:21 pm

Agree Maurice …… that’s what moms do.

Is it just me or does Young have an incredibly high number of easy ground ball outs to the first baseman? I know the guy is trying, but I think he is in over his head.

Bobby Pete

June 11th, 2011
3:28 pm

Can’t wait for those on the DL to return to the roster. The bench has played great in their absence. If you have not voted for the MLB allstar team, Alex G. deserves your consideration. How many victories has he preserved with his sparkling defense and timely hitting? He is clearly the best NL SS. Don’t forget Chip, Mac, Freddie and Prado. I hope Bruce Bochy is taking note of the great season that JJ, Venters and Kimball are having. Those Braves hurlers deserve a spot on the 2011 allstar roster, too. GO BRAVES!


June 11th, 2011
3:43 pm

its so interesting to see how some of u idiots talk. u actually think a couple stand in players( m. young, j.mather,schafer) can really do better than heyward, and mclouth. mclouth was solid, not the best but solid. we all know what heyward can do, speed,power,obp,and a helluva arm. these are minor league replacements, they are not going to go a full season getting multi hit games(young). some of you guys are band wagoners, u cant even spell one of our top players name. and since when does playing injured help? your doing more harm to your team by not hitting and your ruining your body- a 21, destined for greatness type player isnt going to help us while he is injured


June 11th, 2011
4:39 pm

Joe for 3,
Your comment would have been the same without offending believers in the holy name of Jesus.

bobby mizelle

June 11th, 2011
4:42 pm



June 11th, 2011
5:06 pm

Makeshift lineup busted loose last night . . . can they do it again? As for the hitting dilemma, seems to me all over the league, batting averages are down 30-50 points. Just check other teams box scores and compare. I think that’s why the Braves haven’t fallen out of the race, everybody’s down. So, my opinion is just quit piling on everyone and let them play the game. Just sayin’ . . .


June 11th, 2011
5:34 pm

give chipper a break u dumb asses, he’s nearly 40 yrs old and know what he’s talking about and since he is the locker room leader he is probably voicing a lot of other players beefs. check out his record for the first seven years he played and then call him a slacker. he didn’t miss as many in seven as heywire
has missed in one and a half……

Mr Bill

June 11th, 2011
6:12 pm

Bring back the Thrashers.


June 11th, 2011
8:41 pm

Those who knock Chipper have brains the size of peanuts…

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June 14th, 2011
7:15 pm

You guys, be quiet.

Bobby Pete is right. Heyward is no wuss. You’re all like, ‘Oh, he’s all for himself,’ and ‘Schafer is better then McLouth’. For Heyward, if you were out there on the field working your butt off, you’re going to get injured. And, like Bobby Pete said, when did anybody in baseball help by playing injured?

And for Mclouth, Dan Uggla is warming up. Schafer is good, though.

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