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ATLANTA Jason Heyward said Saturday his recovery from a broken jaw is "going in the right direction."
Heyward was encouraged after taking batting practice for the second straight day. He is wearing a protective flap on his helmet and using a mouthpiece as protection for his surgically repaired jaw, which was fractured when he was hit by a pitch from the Mets' Jonathon Niese on Aug. 21.
"It's been fun," said Heyward, who also caught fly balls and threw in the outfield. "I'm just really anxious to play baseball as soon as possible."
The outfielder showed more power in his swings before Atlanta's game against San Diego on Saturday than he did on Friday. He pulled a pitch high off the foul pole in right field.
"I don't know how long we'll be doing this until we do something else," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez said Heyward could be sent to the Braves' Instructional League in Florida next week. The Braves hope to have Heyward back with the team and playing right field before the end of the regular season.
Heyward said he's not worried about the mental part of his return after being beaned.
"I haven't really had to think about it at all," he said. "I feel safe. That's the main thing."
Heyward said he began recovering his strength more quickly when he was cleared to eat solid foods. He said he anticipates his comfort level on the field also will return quickly.
"Every day I can take batting practice and be out there running around, I'm going to be doing something," he said.
Heyward is hitting .253 with 13 home runs and 37 RBIs in 95 games. Even before the injury, he had fallen off his 2012 production, when he hit .269 with 27 homers, 82 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.
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Jason Heyward says his recovery is ''going in the right direction'' after taking batting practice for the second straight day.
Heyward is wearing a protective flap on his helmet and a mouthpiece as protection for his surgically-repaired jaw, which was fractured when he was hit by a pitch from the Mets' Jonathon Niese on Aug. 21.
The outfielder showed more power...
The August death of a fan at Turner Field has been ruled a suicide.
Ronald Homer, 30, died as a result of blunt force trauma to his torso after he fell 65 feet from an upper deck area at Turner Field in Atlanta.
Toxicology reports have not yet been returned in the case.
The incident took place during a rain delay on Aug. 12.
USA Today reports the following regarding the incident...
ATLANTA -- The headline may as well read "Local boy makes good."
It was the stuff of fairy tales, Disney, Hollywood or whatever cliche you want to toss out there. Everything was perfect ... all except for the ending.
David Hale stood at his locker in the Braves' clubhouse, a Marietta kid having made his debut for the team he grew up rooting for. He estimated over...
Brandon Beachy will give pitching this season one more chance.
After being shut down in late August with discomfort in his right elbow the 27-year-old Beachy will try throwing again next week. Depending on how Beachy pitches and feels in these sessions will determine if the Braves shut him down for the year or not.
Currently the Braves have no timetable for his return.
Kris Medlen still is amazed that he’s become the senior active member of the Braves’ youth-brigade starting rotation — “It’s crazy; it’s nuts” he’d said on Friday — but since Tim Hudson was felled by a broken ankle Medlen’s indeed been that guy.
And since Hudson’s season-ending injury July 24 Medlen has also raised his performance to another level pitching...
Medlen continued his stellar pitching
Kris Medlen shut down the San Diego Padres, and Chris Johnson and Freddie Freeman got the key hits, as the Atlanta Braves scored their first win over the Padres this season. Johnson and Freeman provided the only offense for the Braves on Saturday night.
Chris Johnson got the scoring started in the 4th inning. He continued his great work...
ATLANTA The Atlanta Braves lost just their fourth series of the 2013 season after falling 4-0 to the San Diego Padres at Turner Field on Sunday afternoon. Here are three observations from the game:
1. Padres rookie Burch Smith flirted with a no-hitter, then settled for seven innings of shutout baseball
The 23-year-old right-hander entered Sunday's game with a 9.17 ERA in seven...
David Hale couldn't have asked for more from his major league debut in his hometown - at least as long as he was in the game.
Hale pitched five scoreless innings and struck out nine to set a record for a Braves pitcher in his first game before San Diego rallied against Atlanta's bullpen for a 4-3 win on Friday night.
Chase Headley hit a tying homer and Logan Forsythe drove...
FOXSportsSouth.com checks in with play-by-play announcer Chip Caray to get the latest on the Braves.
FOX SPORTS SOUTH: Let's talk award candidates. First off, Freddie Freeman is deservedly getting MVP attention amid a season in which he's been consistently strong. But why don't you think he's getting mentioned among the favorites?
CC: I think part of it is the ...
Atlanta Braves fans have smirked and laughed all season at the cocky Washington Nationals’ problems. The Nationals were the odds on favorite to win the National League East, but struggled to stay above .500 most of the season. Wait until next year for the Nationals, right? Well, not exactly. The Nationals have won seven in a row and 18 of their last 22 games, to climb within...
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is ready for his team to snap out of an offensive funk.
''Looking into the next few weeks, that's what we're looking for,'' Gonzalez said. ''We need to get back to swinging the bats and scoring some runs.''
Atlanta had just four hits and Julio Teheran couldn't make it through the seventh inning of a 4-0 loss...
Chase Headley hit a tying homer and Logan Forsythe drove in the go-ahead run in San Diego's two-run eighth and the Padres beat Atlanta 4-3 on Friday night to spoil Braves rookie David Hale's debut.
Hale pitched five scoreless innings and struck out nine, the most by a Braves pitcher in his first major league game.
Justin Upton and Brian McCann hit home runs off Ian Kennedy...
San Diego manager Bud Black says every start is an opportunity for young left-hander Robbie Erlin to learn another lesson.
The lesson against the Braves was for Erlin to keep his pitches down.
Erlin allowed only two runs in six innings but was hurt by a high fastball that Freddie Freeman hit for a homer in the sixth, and the Padres lost to the Braves 2-1 on Saturday night.
The Padres pulled out a 4-3 victory yesterday over the Atlanta Braves despite an impressive debut by Braves pitcher David Hale. Hale pitched five scoreless innings while striking out nine Padres batters. The Braves got on the board first with a solo home run by Justin Upton and a two-run shot by Brian McCann, both in the fourth inning off Padres starter Ian Kennedy. That would be...