Sore oblique could keep Heyward out until Thursday

Jason Heyward missed his second consecutive game with a sore right oblique muscle Tuesday and thinks it might be another day or two before he’s ready to return.

Heyward originally thought he’d be back doing some baseball activities on Tuesday and return to the lineup as soon as Wednesday. But on Tuesday he still wasn’t able to do much more than get treatment, which made him think it might not be until Thursday before he’s ready to get back in the lineup.

“I feel a lot better but I’m still not allowed to do anything,” Heyward said. “I’ve still got some tenderness. It is an oblique, so I do have to be careful. I may not be able to play tomorrow. We’ll see. I’ve got to be smart about it though.”

Heyward was available Monday night as a defensive replacement and the same was expected for Tuesday.

Heyward said he didn’t feel a twinge on any particular play during Sunday’s game but woke up Monday morning feeling soreness. That signaled to him that it’s not as serious as the oblique strain he suffered in 2009 in the minors when he missed three weeks.

The Braves know full well the hazards of full-fledged oblique strains after watching Brandon Beachy and Brian McCann miss seven weeks combined last year because of them.

Heyward and the Braves aren’t figuring this is one of those. Manager Fredi Gonzalez joked that another day for Heyward of watching his replacement in right field have a great offensive day, he might be asking back into the lineup Wednesday. Eric Hinske went 4-for-4 in right field on Monday night. Matt Diaz got the start against left-hander Cole Hamels on Tuesday.

“Maybe Diaz goes 3-for-4, 4-for-4 and Thursday becomes tomorrow,” Gonzalez said. “I’m sure he knows the Wally Pipp story.”

Pipp, of course, became legendary for losing his starting role to Lou Gehrig, who went on to play the next 2,130 games at first base for the Yankees.

Chipper Jones was out of the Braves lineup Tuesday night as well after playing back-to-back games against the Pirates. The Braves said it was a scheduled day off for Jones.

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Brave Decisions

May 1st, 2012
7:35 pm

Braves bullpen usage is good news however http://wp.me/p2lqJ1-5Y... Hope Heywards returns soon!

John

May 1st, 2012
7:39 pm

Figures Fredi would start joking about Wally Pipp since he hates Heyward so much. Let’s just make him rush back so he can make it far worse. Fredi is horrible.

RipeDan

May 1st, 2012
8:24 pm

The injuries professional baseball players sit out for these days is a complete joke.

bruce

May 1st, 2012
8:32 pm

thanks for the scoop Carroll

Bojack

May 1st, 2012
9:03 pm

I’ll take back everything I said about Diaz…what a catch..u go man!

NYBRAVESFAN

May 2nd, 2012
11:23 am

Does it make sense that Chipper had a scheduled day off agains the opener against the Phils, rather than miss the last game against the Buckos? what am I missing?

JoJa Boi

May 2nd, 2012
12:39 pm

They should change his name from J-Hey to “Hey J, What’s wrong with you today?” They call him Mr. Glass…

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