Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Heyward's loss not fatal to Braves
By AJ Mass
After getting hit in the face with a 90 mph fastball from Jonathon Niese of the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward suffered a fractured jaw that will send him to the disabled list and most likely keep him out of action for the remainder of the regular season.
For now, the word is that Heyward will be out for 4-6 weeks, which, given the timing of the injury, is not as bad as it might have been. At the longer end of the projection, Heyward would be back on October 2. Given the Braves huge lead in the National League East, that would still likely allow him to return in time for their first playoff series.
In the meantime, the Braves can use a combination of Evan Gattis, Jordan Schafer and Joey Terdoslavich in rightfield to give all of them some extra experience at the position, just in case Heyward ends up needing even more time to recover. Yes, a 15-game lead in the standings in August is quite the luxury.