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The Atlanta Braves lost a huge bat in the lineup on Wednesday, as outfielder Jason Heyward fractured his jaw in two places when New York Mets’ pitcher Jonathon Niese hit him in the sixth inning in what would prove to be a 4-1 victory for the Braves. The injury is a very significant one for the Braves’ first round pick from the 2007 MLB Draft, as it will likely be 4-6 weeks before he returns to the lineup.
Although the losses of both starting pitcher Tim Hudson (out for the season with a broken ankle) and second baseman Dan Uggla (currently on the DL due to Lasik eye surgery) has hurt this season, the loss of Heyward for an extended amount of time may be more crippling than the loss of one of the staff’s aces or one of the team’s leading home run hitters.
For those who have been unaware, the Braves have kept pace with the Los Angeles Dodgers as Major League Baseball’s hottest team due in part to the great play from Heyward, who has served as the team’s leadoff hitter and has promptly batted .348 with four home runs in August.
The loss of Heyward may not be as devastating at this point due to the Braves’ fourteen game lead over the Washington Nationals, but that does not mean that the team won’t have to adjust accordingly. It appears at this point that the team will more than likely see more playing time from Evan Gattis along with outfielders Joey Terdoslavich, Jordan Schafer and Reed Johnson to compliment the Upton brothers, which means that there is a legitimate chance that the team chooses to stay with their current roster (the team did acquire second baseman Elliot Johnson earlier this week to replace Tyler Pastornicky).
Although it is probably unlikely with so many options coming off the bench, if the team does look outside the organization for a temporary right fielder, my guess is the team goes the waiver wire route and pulls in a veteran player like Mets’ outfielder Marlon Byrd to fill the void temporarily.
Expect “El Oso Blanco” to get more playing time in Heyward’s absence
With a long road ahead, it is imperative that Jason Heyward recovers from this jaw injury and is ready for an October run, because you could make a legitimate argument that his absence could be as harmful as any other current Atlanta player. With that being said, I truly believe that if Heyward’s rehab takes longer than the regular season lasts, the Braves will once again fail to win their first playoff series of the postseason.
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No word yet on Heyward’s condition Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward was hit in the face with a pitch by New York Mets starter Jonathan Niese in Wednesday afternoon’s game. The left-handed Niese came up and in with a fastball as the left-handed Heyward leaned into the plate. Heyward was able to turn away from the pitch, but it caught him on the right side of the jaw...
The Atlanta Braves have now lost Jason Heyward and had more injuries this season than I can remember them ever having. While the Braves have been able to overcome them up to this point, I’m pondering whether they have enough manpower left to finish with the best record in the National League, and secure home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Not to mention, be successful...
The sixth inning of the Braves-Mets game on Wednesday offered up a scary moment, as Atlanta outfielder Jason Heyward was hit near the head with a 90-mile-per-hour fastball from Jonathan Niese.
Heyward, who entered the game as one of the most productive second-half hitters in baseball, took the 1-2 pitch up near the right side of his jaw -- the video appears to show it nicked his...
Braves outfielder Jason Heyward had surgery Thursday on his broken right jaw after he was struck by a pitch.
The team has not said how long he will be out, but he could miss the rest of the regular season.
Dr. Glenn Maron operated in Atlanta, one day after Heyward was injured. He inserted plates in both places where the jaw was fractured.
Atlanta has a commanding lead in the NL...
As reported a few hours ago by our own Robert Murray, Jason Heyward's jaw was broken in two places when he was hit by Jonathan Niese fastball today. Jason is due for surgery tomorrow on his fractured jaw back in Atlanta.
But what exactly does this mean for the Braves? They have already had 6 season ending surgeries this season, and despite it all, they have MLB's best...
This is exactly why I was not real interested in playing baseball as a kid (that and I sucked). Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward was hit in the face with pitch during today's game against the New York Mets.
If it sounds like it hurts, well--it does. The poor man was spitting blood when he was helped off the field.
He was taken to the hospital for further examination...
ATLANTA -- The Braves have solidified their place on the short list of World Series contenders in 2013, but no other team on that list has encountered more misfortune in the process. As Jason Heyward's fractured jaw illustrated once more on Wednesday afternoon, Atlanta's 77-49 record has not come without a price.
Sure, the Boston Red Sox have played without starter Clay...
In an incredibly scary moment, Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward hit the dirt after being hit by a pitch in what looks like the ear/back of the head area.
Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward was taken to a hospital after being hit in the face with a pitch in Wednesday’s game against the New York Mets.
The incident occurred in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game. Mets pitcher Jon Niese was on the mound and threw a pitch which hit Heyward in the face. The pitch did not appear to be intentional and both Mets catcher John Buck...
Remember a few hours ago when we brought you the news that Jason Heyward was hit in the face by a pitch from Jonathon Niese of the New York Mets? Well, the news isn't good for Atlanta's right fielder, as the plunking fractured his jaw and will cost him four to six weeks.
Heyward has been a major reason for Atlanta's 23-8 record in the second half. Since the All...
Houston Astros catcher Max Stassi had an incredibly memorable first week in the Major Leagues, and we don’t neccesarily mean that in a good way. Sure, the 22-year-old recorded his first MLB hit and picked up his first big league RBI, but his accomplishments came at a steep price. On Tuesday, Stassi committed an embarrassing […]
Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is out of the team’s lineup for the next 4-6 weeks.
Heyward was drilled by a fastball delivered by New York Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s 4-1 victory.
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One day after Jason Heyward was lost for 4-6 weeks with a fractured jaw, the Braves released another potentially tough bit of news as Brandon Beachy will see Dr. James Andrews to have his surgically repaired elbow examined.
Beachy has seen a dip in velocity since coming back from Tommy John surgery, with his fastball going from 91.2 mph in his first game back July 29 -- which is...
With just seven games remaining against teams with records of .500 or better, the consensus has been the Braves had the easiest remaining schedule of any contender.
But now the National League East leaders are in the midst of those games vs. winning teams -- which come in consecutive fashion -- and it got off to a rough start as they fell to the Cardinals for the first time this...
FOX Sports South.com checks in with play-by-play announcer Chip Caray to get the latest on the Braves.
FOX SPORTS SOUTH: Jason Heyward is the latest Brave to land on the disabled list, yet despite all the injuries this season, they have continued to produce. What do you credit that to?
CHIP CARAY: Depth.
General manager Frank Wren made it a point in the offseason to continue...