Heyward and Moylan updates
After Alex Gonzalez proved his left groin was healthy enough to return to the lineup, there wasn’t a lot of good health-related news coming out of the Braves clubhouse Wednesday afternoon. But there also wasn’t reason to be surprised about the updates regarding Jason Heyward and Peter Moylan.
Heyward did provide some encouragement when he said he is no longer feeling the numbness that plagued his right hand and forearm when he left Tuesday night’s game in the eighth inning. But the 21-year-old right fielder said he is still feeling right shoulder discomfort.
“It feels like it’s loose, like there is space in there,” Heyward said. “There’s a lot of discomfort.”
Heyward will undergo an MRI exam Thursday. While he would like to return as soon as possible, he said he might need more than just a couple days of rest.
“A couple days of rest is probably not going to be it,” Heyward said. “Something may need to be done. I don’t know what. I might need to sit and let it rest. But I don’t think that will be it.”
Heyward has been feeling discomfort in his right shoulder since Spring Training. But he hadn’t experienced numbness in his hand until the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game. He exited during the next half inning.
After Heyward addresed the media, Moylan confirmed that he will undergo back surgery next week in Los Angeles. The 32-year-old reliever was encouraged to learn there is still a chance he could pitch again this year. He is hoping to return in 8-12 weeks.
When Moylan flew to Los Angeles to visit noted spinal surgeon Dr. Robert Watkins Monday, he had already been told by other surgeons he would need surgery. Watkins will perform the surgical procedure next week.
“I wish he would have said ‘no you don’t need surgery, there’s a miracle cure I have for you, just take this pill and you’ll be back in a week,’” Moylan said. “But he said exactly what everyone else is saying.”
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