DENVER — Jason Heyward was out of the lineup for a second game in a row Tuesday, after being hit in the left foot by a pitch Sunday. This time it was the manager’s decision.
“I let [Fredi Gonzalez] know before we got here that I wanted to play,” Heyward said before batting practice Tuesday. “He said he’d like for me to take another day, just to make sure. So I’m going to do everything today and run around on it, and play [Wednesday].”
On Monday, Heyward was in the lineup until he went to Gonzalez after batting practice to tell the manager he couldn’t push off properly when running in the outfield.
He said there was swelling on the front top of the foot, where he was hit. There was also pain in three toes and in the ball of the foot, Heyward said, which made it painful to run Monday but didn’t affect his swing.
The foot felt better Tuesday and he was ready to play, but this time Gonzalez decided to let the injury-plagued outfielder take another day to get it right.
Nate McLouth started in right field Monday and again Tuesday. Eric Hinske got consecutive starts in left field, where McLouth has played in recent weeks.