As Jason Heyward was coming up through the Braves farm system, the only aspect of his game that was ever really questioned was his ability to stay healthy for an entire season. For the second year in a row, Heyward has a potentially serious injury.
Reports from the Atlanta clubhouse surfaced on Tuesday night that Jason Heyward has a sore right shoulder and felt numbness in his right forearm and hand as well. The shoulder injury had been bothering him since Spring Training. He was removed from the game in the 8th inning, and he will likely miss at least one game.
Heyward has not looked comfortable at the plate over the last few weeks and after an 0-3 with two strikeout performance tonight, he's now 2-for-28 with 13 strikeouts in the month of May.
The Braves will need to get creative if Heyward is forced to miss an extended amount of time. Eric Hinske filled in for Heyward after leaving tonight's game, but he would be a huge defensive liability if he had to play right field with any regularity. The same would go for Joe Mather. Martin Prado could possibly move over, but that's unlikely with him finally getting settled into left field. The only outfielder in the Minor Leagues who could possibly handle starting on a daily basis would be Jordan Schafer, but it is unknown if the Braves feel he's ready to make his return to the Major Leagues.
Let's all just hope for the MRI to come back clean and for Heyward to be back in the lineup after a few days. We need him.