Heyward provided another day to rest
As Jason Heyward went back to the right field wall on Tuesday night to attempt to rob Jayson Werth of the two-run homer that he hit off Kenshin Kawakami, I was half expecting to see the young phenom leap to the top of the wall, make the catch and then perform a dismount that would have made Shaun White proud.
Instead, Heyward proved mortal while running face-first into the wall and watching helplessly as the ball fell into the Braves bullpen. In the process, the 20-year-old right fielder tweaked his upper back and led Bobby Cox to take the precautionary route by giving a chance to rest during this afternoon’s game against the Mets.
“It’s nothing, he could play easily,” Cox said. “I told (our trainer Jeff Porter) that I’m going to make 10,000 people mad today.” <p>
Heyward, who compiled each of his three plate appearances after running into the wall, is expected to be back in the lineup on Thursday night, when the Braves visit the Yankees.
As this camp has progressed, it has been fun to hear writers, players and coaches compare Heyward to a number of different players from yesteryear. Fred McGriff, Darryl Strawberry and Dave Parker have been popular choices.
Cox provided an interesting comparison yesterday when he linked his young outfielder to Larry Walker, who arrived in the Majors with a large athletic frame and the same kind of five-tool talents possessed by the Braves young outfielder.
Thoughts about Halladay: When Matt Diaz arrived this morning, he asked if Roy Halladay had been as impressive on Tuesday night as his line (3 IP, 3H, 0ER, 5 Ks) indicated. My immediate response was “ask Martin Prado”.
Halladay froze Prado with front-door cutters for called third strikes during the first and third innings. It would have been great to see replays of both of these picture-perfect pitches to see just how identical they when they crossed the inside black portion of the plate.
Four of Halladay’s five strikeouts came at the expense of Prado and Nate McLouth, who has struck out five times in the 12 at-bats he has recorded entering this afternoon’s game.
Like it’s too early to begin worrying about McLouth, it’s also far too early for Troy Glaus to be overly excited about the fact that he has singled in each of his past eight at-bats.
“It’s a positive reinforcement,” Glaus said. “But I’ve been doing this long enough that it doesn’t matter right now. I’ve had good springs. I’ve had bad springs. I’ve had in between springs. It doesn’t matter.”
Glaus’ hot streak will be delayed until Thursday. Like Heyward, he has been given the day off.
Lowe is scheduled to pitch three innings today. Takashi Saito, Kris Medlen, Kyle Cofield, Mariano Gomez, Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel are scheduled to serve as the relievers.