All of Braves Nation heard the collective gasp as Jason Heyward slid into third base last night and didn’t get back up. Heyward was speeding from first to third on a single by Justin Upton, and after he slid he was down on the ground in pain for a couple of minutes before getting up and walking off the field on his own. It was officially said to be a strained right hamstring. I do take it as a good sign that he was able to walk off without help, but you never really know the severity of these kind of soft-tissue injuries till the next day.
This is what Jason said about it:
“I felt something sore first, got a little tight, no pops, no pulls, tears, nothing of that (nature),” Heyward said. “It just got painful.”
Heyward said they would re-evaluate it today, but he doesn’t think its serious and said he should be able to avoid the DL. He also mentioned that there is “no way” that he would be in the lineup on Friday night.
I almost think that the Braves should let him sit out the rest of the series and that would give him a nice long rest with the All-Star break coming up. That would give him a complete week off to rest the injury fully and hopefully avoid any lingering problems for the rest of the season.
We will update you as soon as we hear something today.