UPDATED ON 8/22/13: (ATLANTA (AP)) — Braves outfielder Jason Heyward had surgery Thursday on his broken right jaw after he was struck by a pitch.
The team has not said how long he will be out, but he could miss the rest of the regular season.
Dr. Glenn Maron operated in Atlanta, one day after Heyward was injured. He inserted plates in both places where the jaw was fractured.
Atlanta has a commanding lead in the NL East and hopes Heyward will recover in time for the playoffs.
Before his injury, Heyward had moved into the leadoff spot and become one of the Braves’ hottest hitters. He was batting .253 with 13 homers and 37 RBIs.
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UPDATED ON 8/22/13: (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.
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ORIGINAL POST ON 8/21/13: NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Johnson hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and Atlanta beat the New York Mets 4-1 on Wednesday after Braves outfielder Jason Heyward was hit in the right jaw by a pitch.
Heyward went down in a heap during a scary scene at Citi Field in the sixth. He was examined by Mets doctors and taken to a hospital for X-rays.
Atlanta, with the best record in baseball and a huge lead in the NL East, got an RBI single from Freddie Freeman and another impressive start by rookie Alex Wood in splitting the two-game series for its 20th victory in 24 games. The Braves also benefited from a disputed call in the 10th.
Johnson then launched a drive to left field on Greg Burke’s first big league pitch since he was recalled from the minors on Sunday.
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