The rookie right fielder sat out for a third straight game Monday before an MRI revealed a deep bone bruise in his left thumb. His average has slid all the way down to .251 in the midst of his 1-for-16 slump, but I'm sure it's kinda hard to play baseball with a busted digit.
After being placed on the 15-day disabled list, Heyward had this to say:
We're doing the best thing, I believe. Right now is a good opportunity to get it done, get the rest done, get the strength back so I'll be able to come back the second half.The National League's Rookie of the Month for April and May should be eligible to come off the DL during the All-Star break, July 12-14. Sadly, this means All-Star festivities are pretty much out the question, even though he leads NL rookies with 11 bombs and 45 RBIs.
Matt Diaz, fresh off thumb surgery, has been activated from the 15-day DL to replace Heyward in the outfield. Diaz hit .313 with 13 longballs for the Braves last season, but was batting just .178 on May 15 before going under the knife.
Get well soon, Jay Hey!
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