Fri, 20 Sep 2013 10:49:23 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (jaw) will wear a protective face mask to protect his jaw after being activated from the disabled list. His right jaw was broken and he was out for a month after being hit by a pitch Aug. 21. Heyward will start in center field Friday, Sept. 20, and he'll play five innings or receive three at-bats.
Fri, 20 Sep 2013 08:15:15 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (jaw) was activated from the disabled list.
Fantasy Tip: He's returning to the leadoff spot and is playing center field today. Get him back in your lineups for the final stretch.
Wed, 18 Sep 2013 17:40:00 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (jaw) took 30 swings in batting practice off a minor league pitcher Wednesday, Sept. 18, the first time he has taken swings against a pitcher since his jaw was broken Aug. 21. Heyward wants to play in a few regular season games before the postseason starts, but he still needs to test his legs and reactions in game speeds. "Kind of see where we are and still continue to look at what the progression should be or can be," general manager Frank Wren said. "It's a very fluid situation, because you're trying to do what's best for him and what's best to get him ready, and also being mindful of his health and how he feels." The Braves could still send Heyward to the instructional league before he gets into a major league game.
Fri, 13 Sep 2013 16:46:03 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (jaw) took batting practice on the field Friday, Sept. 13, wearing a modified batting helmet with a guard to protect the right side of his face. There is no timetable for his return, but the team is hoping he can be back before the regular season ends Sept. 29. Heyward will face live pitching in the instructional league before then. He also shagged some fly balls in the outfield Friday. The metal plates put into his jaw will remain for the time being.
Fantasy Tip: Realistically, it's not worth holding onto Heyward for a week or less of action. Remember, he wasn't exactly tearing the cover off the baseball before being hit in the face, either, so don't expect him to go off in the final week while he's rusty.
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 15:47:59 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (jaw) had the restrictive braces and bands removed from his mouth Monday, Sept. 9, and will take batting practice Friday, Sept. 13. Heyward will wear a mouth guard during baseball activities, and he's been taking swings off a tee and doing conditioning drills in the past week. "I think we were cautiously optimistic that he would get back to baseball activity sometime in September," general manager Frank Wren said. "It's progressing as we hoped, and I know progressing as he hoped, because I think everybody has the goal for him - and I know he does - to try to get back for October. So we'll just continue to see how it progresses."
Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:36:59 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (jaw) had a good visit with a doctor Monday, Sept. 2, and he could rejoin the team early next week to continue his workouts. He was cleared Tuesday, Sept. 3, to do light hitting off a tee and to play catch. There is no timetable for his return, but the team is hoping he can play in instructional games Sept. 16, with the hope that he can see regular season at-bats before the season ends.
Tue, 03 Sep 2013 13:19:52 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (jaw) has been cleared to play catch and hit off a tee.
Thu, 22 Aug 2013 16:20:27 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (jaw) will not play again in the regular season, and his availability for the postseason is to be determined.
Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:41:33 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (jaw) underwent surgery on his broken right jaw Thursday, Aug. 22, and he could miss the rest of the regular season. Dr. Glenn Maron put plates in both places where Heyward's jaw was fractured.
Fantasy Tip: Dropping Heyward from your fantasy roster is probably the best course of action. If he does return before the postseason, he'll have a week's worth of action, at the most.
Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:19:34 -0700
The Atlanta Braves placed OF Jason Heyward (jaw) on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured jaw Thursday, Aug. 22, and activated SP Paul Maholm (wrist) from the 15-day DL in a corresponding move. Also, INF Phil Gosselin was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett to make room on the roster for 2B Elliot Johnson.