Rare rest for Heyward; Beachy’s Twitter vow

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez gave Jason Heyward a rest day Tuesday against left-hander Clayton Richard, and started right-handed hitting Reed Johnson in right field. Heyward was out of the lineup for the first time since June 12 against the Yankees. He entered that game in the seventh inning and has played every inning since then over the past 54 games.

“Just give him a little breather,” Gonzalez said. “It’s just another way to use Reed a little bit.”

Gonzalez said in the coming weeks he might also rest Freddie Freeman against a left-hander by moving Martin Prado to first base and playing Johnson in left field.

Beachy’s vow

Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy has not cut his hair since a week before his “Tommy John” elbow reconstruction surgery on June 21. He said he won’t again until he starts throwing again, which could come in mid-October as he continues his 12-14 month recovery.

This would be the look Beachy is going for

This would be the look Beachy is going for

“Why not?” said Beachy, who still plans to keep his beard groomed. “I’ve never had it long in my entire life.”

Beachy (@Brandon_Beachy) tweeted his plans on Tuesday: “I have not and will not, until I can throw again…cut my hair #Sampson,” referencing the Biblical story of Samson, who was granted supernatural powers if he did not cut his hair.

“I was planning on it anyway but I might as well have 25,000 people to keep me accountable,” Beachy said.

It’s still short on the sides, since his last cut was a “fade,” but longer on the top. Beachy said he’s going for a Neal Caffrey look, Matt Bomer’s character on the TV show “White Collar.”

Beachy said he used the phrase “throw” to give himself wiggle room. “I used that word so that gives me a lot of outs,” he said.

Notable

Shortstop Andrelton Simmons has not yet been cleared to begin baseball activities. He’s scheduled to have another X-ray on Friday, when he will be six weeks out from breaking his fifth metacarpal right about the back end of his scheduled recovery time. The Braves are hopeful he can return in early to mid September.

Classically trained violinist Matthew Tosca, 22, son of Braves bench coach Carlos Tosca, performed the national anthem before the Braves game Tuesday night. Tosca is a graduate student at New York’s Mannes school of music.

12 comments Add your comment

John Lenin

August 14th, 2012
7:02 pm

Go get ‘em tonight Braves!!!

Merlin

August 14th, 2012
7:03 pm

Cool night for Tosca the younger.

Old devil

August 14th, 2012
7:12 pm

Go Bravos! Get well soon BB…we miss your fastball!

John Lenin

August 14th, 2012
7:14 pm

Well, now it’s time to go on one of those winning streaks…put up a few crooked numbers, give Reedy a start…rest Jasy. Run ole Danny out there, tip our caps and give one helluva effort.

I do hafta give FG a break, though. He has done better at his position in the past couple of months, although it will take a lot more to convince me that he can ever be a great manager/motivator/leader.

BUT, as long as the Braves can keep their winning ways, I guess it’s okay if we even have JoJo the monkey as manager…whatever works. Winning cures a lot of things.

Steve

August 14th, 2012
7:25 pm

It seems to me if Carroll can insist that they put Dave’s face on her columns, he could at least return the favor.

Teddy B

August 14th, 2012
7:27 pm

Glad J-Hey is getting some rest the past couple games he looked a bit tired. Swinging at stuff he doesn’t usually even look at and all. Hope this energizes him and he goes on the tear again, he was doing real good a couple weeks ago. Still my favorite Brave..

I’m glad we got Reed Johnson. That gives us an option off the bench to rest some guys and not lose much on offense. He’s not super powerful but still he gets hits. I think the deal for Maholm and Johnson might’ve been the best 2 player trade this season, works out for us perfectly and the Cubbies get a flamethrower if he ever gets back to where he was before the surgery. Amazing how Wren dumps off our hurt guys every season at the trade deadline! Schaffer last year and Vizcaino this year. I wonder how he talks the other teams into taking our hurt guys like he does?

Ken Stallings

August 14th, 2012
9:01 pm

Seriously? He’s going to go six months without a hair cut? He’s going to redefine shaggy dude, man!

Alaska Braves Fan

August 14th, 2012
10:22 pm

As I posted several weeks ago, don’t expect Simmons back in the lineup until the middle of September. Head-first slides are hugely stupid! This is a perfect example of the factors that make this a dramatically wrong way to slide.

ABF

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