Atlanta's Jason Heyward Out With Broken Jaw

Heyward Could Miss The Rest Of The Season

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Jason Heyward
Jason Heyward
- photo by Tim Evearitt

NEW YORK -- Braves right fielder Jason Heyward fractured his jaw when he was struck by a Jon Niese fastball during the sixth inning of Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Mets at Citi Field.

Heyward was transported to a Manhattan hospital to undergo X-rays, which showed the right side of his jaw fractured in two places.

With the expectation that Heyward will need four to six weeks to recover, he could be sidelined for the remainder of the regular season.

The Braves will not provide a definitive timetable until Heyward undergoes surgery in Atlanta on Thursday afternoon. Heyward's jaw has been stabilized.

This is a big blow for the Braves, who have gained their 15 1/2-game lead in the National League East with the help of Heyward, who has batted .345 with a .408 on-base percentage and a .586 slugging percentage since moving into the leadoff role on July 28. Atlanta has averaged 5.04 runs per game while going 19-4 during this span.

Heyward already missed nearly a full month early this season after undergoing an emergency appendectomy in Denver on April 22. He returned on May 17 and struggled for a few weeks. But the 24-year-old outfielder has batted .301 with a .881 OPS in the 64 games he has played dating back to June 2.

Along with his production at the plate over the past few months, Heyward also compiled strong credentials in his bid to win a second consecutive Gold Glove Award. His 24.2 UZR/150 ranks first among NL right fielders who have compiled at least 650 innings at the position this season.

While Heyward is out, the Braves will likely move Justin Upton from left to right field. Evan Gattis and Joey Terdoslavich could share time in left field. Over the past two weeks, manager Fredi Gonzalez has platooned Jordan Schafer and B.J. Upton in center field. Both Schafer or B.J. Upton could also be candidates to log time in left field.

When the Braves left New York to travel to St. Louis early Wednesday evening, they were holding out hope Heyward would receive better news. But there was definite concern given what they had witnessed.

With two outs in the sixth inning, Niese's pitch appeared to hit the ear flap of Heyward's helmet. Heyward immediately fell to the ground, while head trainer Jeff Porter and Gonzalez ran out to attend to him.

After a few minutes, Heyward stood up and walked off the field with Porter holding his arm. Schafer pinch-ran for Heyward, who was spitting blood as he went toward the dugout.

"He never lost consciousness," Gonzalez said. "He was talking the whole time when he got hit with the ball. Before they took him to the hospital, he popped his head into the dugout and said 'bye' to some of the guys. I got a chance to talk to him briefly after that."

--- Source: MLB.com


Smokies' Hurlers Limit Lookouts To Four Hits Sunday In 5-1 Win

The Lookouts drew six walks, but only managed four hits in their 5-1 loss to the Tennessee Smokies Sunday in front of a crowd of 5,356 fans at AT&T Field.    Chattanooga's loss drops them to 22-28 through 50 games in the Southern League North Division. Tennessee starting pitcher Brad Markey was lights out early for the Smokies, carrying a no-hitter into ... (click for more)

Harrison Sparks Lookouts To 3-2 Win Over Smokies

For the second straight night Travis Harrison delivered in the clutch for the Chattanooga Lookouts. Tonight the third baseman drove in all three runs in the team's 3-2 win over the Tennessee Smokies before a crowd of 4,765 at AT&T Field. Harrison kicked off his night in the third inning with an RBI single to bring home Zack Granite who reached on a walk. Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Jury Chosen For Hawk Murder Trial

Twelve jurors and two alternates have been chosen for the trial of Billy Hawk.  Hawk is charged with a cold case murder from 1981 involving victim Johnny Mack Salyer, who was found in a locked steel drum in the Tennessee River. At the time of the murder, Salyer and Hawk were co-defendants in a cocaine distribution case.  Seventy-two jurors appeared for jury duty ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Honors Military Veterans

A Memorial Day service was held at the National Cemetery on Monday. (click for more)

Calling Out Bad Behavior In St. Elmo - And Response (2)

I have lived in the St. Elmo community of Chattanooga for practicially all 52 years of my life. My grandmother moved to St. Elmo in 1919. My Dad was literally born in a home in St. Elmo and lived his entire 72 years in this community and my Mom has lived here 60 years of her life. I am very disappointed in what my neighborhood has become. I like people. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden This June

As the month of June dawns anew, it is a fact that more marriages the world over are performed this month. So as we take our monthly walk through the garden, it is hard to remember when it has been this dry. Even so, we have a bushel of orchids and onions and don’t forget Father’s Day on the third Sunday of the month, that this is National Accordion Awareness Month, and that “Flip ... (click for more)