Jason Heyward was back in the lineup for the third time in four games for the Braves, as manager Fredi Gonzalez said he’ll play that decision according to match-ups and hunches.
Heyward was 4-for-15 in his career against Tuesday night’s Nationals starter Livan Hernandez with seven walks, two homers and a double. Jose Constanza was 1-for-2 against Hernandez.
“(You) try to match up and try to play them both,” Gonzalez said. “I think Jason, you see some games where you see that swing improve and you don’t want to sit him out for three or four games in a row.”
Heyward went 3-for-4 with a grand slam Tuesday in Chicago.
Gonzalez said Constanza will return to the lineup Wednesday night against left-hander John Lannan.