Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field.
Jason Heyward got an early look at a couple of different lineups for Tuesday’s game against the Diamondbacks. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez showed Heyward two where the recently-named N.L. Player of the Week was batting fifth. There was one where he was batting third. And there was the one the team settled on with Heyward batting second.
“Just to put our three best hitters right now together, the guys that are swinging the bats and getting on base and keep the line moving” Gonzalez said of his rationale of putting Michael Bourn, Heyward and Martin Prado in the top three spots.
Heyward said it didn’t matter where he was in the batting order.
“[Gonzalez] asked me if I was OK with either of the lineups and I said ‘Hey, I’m not going to change a thing. As long as I’m in there, I’m happy,’” Heyward said.
Heyward hit .522 (12-for-23) with a 1.130 slugging percentage in six interleague games against the Yankees and Red Sox last week. He joins Freddie Freeman who won the award twice earlier this season (April 16-22 and April 30-May 6).
Gonzalez noted Heyward’s offensive stats, but also credited several catches and throws he made during the stretch.
“I’m glad he won the award,” Gonzalez said. “Now we need a couple of [Player of the] Months.”