ST. LOUIS -- Right fielder Jason Heyward became the latest Braves player to land on the disabled list when a 90-mph fastball broke his jaw Wednesday afternoon at New York.
Heyward joined second baseman Dan Uggla who, with his average at .186, decided last week he could not wait any longer for Lasik surgery. Uggla's main backup, Tyler Pastornicky, was lost for the season after wrecking his left knee earlier this month. Opening Day starter Tim Hudson broke his ankle last month and also is done for the season.
With all the injuries, how have the Braves won 20 of their past 24 games and built the majors' best record as they enter a four-game series at Busch Stadium on Thursday night?
Well, kind of like the Cardinals have done what they've done this season. That is, with a lot of young, homegrown pitching. Five of Atlanta's six current starters -- Mike Minor, Julio Teheran, Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy and rookie Alex Wood -- all came up through the Braves' system.
The bullpen, led b...