Heyward sits with oblique soreness, considers it minor

Jason Heyward was out of the Braves lineup Monday night after waking up with some soreness in his right oblique muscle. He doesn’t think it’s going to require any more than a day or two out of the lineup, which would mean the Braves have avoided two potential longer-term problems in a span of four days.

Brian McCann felt some tightness in a right ribcage muscle Friday night, and left the game after five innings. But after a day off he was back in the lineup on Sunday.

Heyward said with treatment he figures he’ll be back in the lineup by Wednesday against the Phillies. He said he could be used as a defensive substitution if necessary on Monday night.

Eric Hinske got the start in right field against the Pirates.

Heyward missed three weeks with an oblique strain in the minor leagues in 2009. He said the fact that he couldn’t pinpoint when it happened in the Sunday’s game, that he simply woke up feeling sore, tells him it’s not as serious.

“That was a completely different feeling,” Heyward said of the 2009 injury. “It was already cramping up, and it was tight. This is a lot better. There’s no knot. Not even tight, it’s just sore….I don’t know exactly what did it but it doesn’t feel terrible.”

McCann said he could still feel some soreness in his intercostal muscle during the game on Sunday but it was nothing that hindered him, either swinging or throwing.

“If I can swing a bat as hard as I want to swing it, and I don’t feel it on the swing, I pretty much know I’m all right,” McCann said.

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Mack

April 30th, 2012
5:38 pm

Hopefully he’s right, and it’s just a minor thing.

John A.

April 30th, 2012
5:39 pm

Just another of his excuses……he will never be what was projected of him.

space monkey

April 30th, 2012
5:43 pm

John A.: Stop it. The last thing we want is Hayward to play injured and screw up his swing again. He’s been solid, sometimes spectacular this year. Let the man develop.

beone

April 30th, 2012
5:43 pm

Jason seems awfully fragile for a young guy. Hope he gets over it quickly.

Wes Covington

April 30th, 2012
5:45 pm

Could I suggest the Braves get an exercise trainer and help them get their bodies in shape in spring training. Might also curtail all of the weight training which is making them muscle bound and tight. Good grief. This does not seem to be happening to other teams as much.

We have fat guys Hinske, McCann, Francisco, and Hernandez. We have injury prone guys Chipper, JHey, and Prado.

bruce

April 30th, 2012
5:54 pm

sounds like a “Whew” and glad he said something about it to prevent it from becoming a much bigger problem. Mac’s sitting out might have helped with that!

Darryl Blackberry

April 30th, 2012
6:00 pm

I never know if people like John are trolls or just really, really bad “fans.”

Max Sizemore

April 30th, 2012
6:01 pm

Wes, since you’re talking to us from the nether world (having passed last July 4), I’m sure you’ll remember that in 12 ML seasons you never played more than 129 games or batted more than 353 times. So I’m sure you know all about durability.

jo killa

April 30th, 2012
6:01 pm

john a thats a ridiculous statment heywards doing fine stop hating on him

Dr. Don

April 30th, 2012
6:06 pm

Don’t want to jinx J-Hey, but his minor AND major league history shows lots of injuries. If I recall, he was shut down from the AZ fall league for injuries. Since he’s been here, pretty much the same thing. My guess (unfortunately) is that he is injury prone and we’ll see more of this as his career goes on. The talent is there but….

MikeDiesal

April 30th, 2012
6:12 pm

JHey better not let this injury screw with his head, the same goes for B-Mac. Oblique injuries can mess up a swing if they are thinking about it.

JoJa Boi

April 30th, 2012
6:13 pm

I’m a Braves fan and a Heyward fan, but that boi is fragile! I need him to toughen up…I know it’s a long season and all but you have to be able to play hurt. My coaches always asked me are you hurt or are you injured? If you’re hurt make the adjustments and get your but out there because the team is better off with you on the field, but if you’re injured we will take care of you….These 80’s and 90’s babies are some wusses!!

Nutjob

April 30th, 2012
6:18 pm

The clowns hating on Heyward are the same douche bags that watch an inning or two of the game and then turn it over to dancing with the stars. Go post on one of those blogs

Sir Stealth

April 30th, 2012
6:21 pm

John A. must be a really pleasant and positive person to know in real life. Wish there were more people like him around to talk to, glad he follows my favorite team. His attitude serves as a reminder to me of what man can achieve in this world.

JoJa Boi

April 30th, 2012
6:27 pm

Nutjob, you are a nut and need a job.. I watch every game, and if I’m not at home I DVR it, speak of only what you know, which likely isn’t much. Just because you make an observation that may seem a bit like criticism, doesn’t make you a lesser fan. If your parents allowed you to bring home bad grades and you were capable of doing more, who is the bad guy? The problem with America right not is the pussification of everyone, and whenever anyone says anything that is critical of another person, place, or thing (ie nouns) that person has to immediately issue an apology. It is called CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM for a reason.
People play hurt everyday, I may have things going on in my life that make me not want to get up and got to work, but guess what I show up. Being “sore” has never been a reason I missed work especially at 21 or 22 years old…

Nutjob

April 30th, 2012
7:08 pm

@ joja bio

Agree with a lot of what you are saying. (not the db stuff obv) But on the issue of Heyward and you never not showing up for work because you are sore…I’d be willing to bet your job didn’t depend on your ability to hit a baseball being thrown at 90 mph plus on a nightly basis…where having a stable core is extremely important. If he is sore and goes out and plays and hurts the muscle even more…all of the sudden, instead of sitting for a game or two, he goes on the 15 day DL…might be wrong but I doubt it.

You seem more like a “The Voice” fan than Dancing with the Stars anyway.

Cheers

FOULTIP

April 30th, 2012
7:22 pm

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Joja boi

April 30th, 2012
7:27 pm

Never seen either one so I’d imagine since they flow off your fingertips so easily you’re a closet fan and most likely in an office pool to decide the winner! Go Braves. nice job fabFive Freddy with the first inning dinger!!

Joja boi

April 30th, 2012
7:31 pm

Oh, I guess I should have stayed on task….sounds like a buch of pussified excuses to me. Plenty of player play hurt, Heyward seems to lack that fortitude. It’s amazing that whenever he is hot nothing is wrong but when he throws up some 0′ers something comes up hurt or injured.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

April 30th, 2012
8:19 pm

When someone brought it up earlier, I din’t think too much of it. Now I gotta agree. That Fox sports director has got to have the hots for Clint Hurdle. Close-up after close-up after close-up……..

Nutjob

April 30th, 2012
9:08 pm

Obviously struck a nerve with ya man. Don’t be ashamed of who you are.

Nutjob

April 30th, 2012
9:14 pm

I’m sure he is just making this all up. Why in the world would he want to go out there and play baseball for his hometown team day in and day out? He would choke slam you with ease. I’d pay to see that. You typing on your moms computer and Heyward sneaking up behind you and picking you up out of your chair! Would be worth seeing. Have to admit!!

Braveoneastside

April 30th, 2012
9:26 pm

John A. – how much baseball have you played? I’m sure you were all-state in HS, maybe got a free ride in College on bb scholarship. But surely played pro ball, got to AA where you had problems hitting the curveball like the rest of us.
In reality, you’re very good at fantasy baseball & coach 3rd base on your kids little league team.
Let’s stick to the nerdy fantasy baseball thing.

rbrave

April 30th, 2012
9:44 pm

Batting average starting to slip,already found your excuse, Good job Heyward !

double

April 30th, 2012
10:43 pm

Time for Errors & Excuses.Blisters,hangnails,strains etc.Pirates just outplayed the Braves.Wish all would come down with a strong case of MEEBO.

Hosea Williams

May 1st, 2012
8:36 am

Baseball players are the biggest bunch of wimps around, a hangnail might cost someone a week. MLB players should go talk to the NHL boys sometime to get some perspective on what a real injuries should be.

JoJa Boi

May 1st, 2012
8:55 am

I seriously doubt he would choke slam me with ease, I am actually a couple inches bigger than Heyward and probably have him by 20-30lbs and with his injury history he would probably pull a muscle attempting to do so. Face it, the kid gets hurt swing a 2lb bat, what he really do with a man that’s 6′5″ and 250. That’s why he plays baseball and not football. Not everyone that posts on this blog fits your living standards and average (at best) size. Get a job, Nut!

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