Heyward gets another day off

When Jason Heyward arrived at the stadium this morning he was surprised to see that his name wasn’t in the lineup for this afternoon’s game against the Blue Jays. 

Braves hitting coach Terry Pendleton quickly chimed in with, “Don’t worry kid, you’re going to have plenty of chances to play for a long time.”

Given that two rainy days and one very minor back ailment have limited Heyward to three innings since the completion of Tuesday night’s game against the Phillies, there was certainly reason to believe the 20-year-old right fielder would have been back in the lineup for this afternoon’s contest. 

But because Heyward is scheduled to travel to Dunedin tomorrow and to Viera on Monday night, the Braves opted to give him a chance to enjoy this bright sunny day in the Disney area. 

If the Braves were still seriously debating whether Heyward was going to be on their Opening Day roster, I think it’s easy to assume he would have played Saturday under the watchful eyes of Bobby Cox, who won’t be making the trip on Sunday to see the split-squad team play in Dunedin. 

Cox will instead be with the split-squad team that will send Kenshin Kawakami to the mound to face the Astros in nearby Kissimmee.  The ever-versatile Kris Medlen will start Sunday’s  game against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. 

SATURDAY’S BRAVES LINEUP
McLouth 8
Prado 4
Jones 5
Glaus 3
Escobar 6
Diaz 7
Cabrera 9
Ross 2
Hudson 1

NOTES:  Derek Lowe completed his bullpen session in pain-free fashion this morning and was happy to report that he “got everybody out.”  With the blister on his right toe once again covered by tape, Lowe will likely make his scheduled start on Monday night against the Natoinals…Before today’s game, the Braves will introduce Edward Salcedo, the highly-regarded Dominican shortstop that they signed a few weeks ago…Cox was pleased with what he saw while watching Takashi Saito complete a live batting practice session this morning. Saito has had trouble keeping his fastball down during his first two appearances this year.  

4 Comments

Has Chipper cause only himself to be out yet this Spring? Every out I’ve seen him make was via double play.

Yeah, shaun it feels like he has grounded into one to begin every game he has played. Today’s first inning GIDP was his third in a span of just 12 at-bats.

The Blue Jays ended Glaus’ streak by getting him to ground out to begin the second inning. He had reached safely in each of his previous 11 plate appearances (I’m counting Friday’s Pirates game) and had recorded a hit in each of his previous eight at-bats.

The Salcedo kid was pretty impressive both physically and from a maturity standpoint. The 18-year-old shortstop has been in the U.S. less than 24 hours and still he showed the composure of a veteran while talking to a bunch of unfamiliar faces during this afternoon’s press conference.

Did Hinske just pitch or is that a problem on the boxscore?

So if no one is worried about McLouth’s “early” spring performance, why is everyone making it such a point to say that that they are “not worried”. And when does a 1-19 performance become worrisome? When does “middle spring training begin? Just a few questions rattling around in this empty skull of mine.

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