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.