MLB Team Report - Atlanta Braves - INSIDE PITCH
Right fielder Jason Heyward will make the final road trip of the season, but he may not be along for the ride for very long. Heyward could soon report to the instructional league in an attempt to get ready for the playoffs.
Heyward is trying to return from a broken jaw suffered on Aug. 22 when was hit in the face by the Mets' Jon Niese. Heyward had surgery the next day and has been patiently trying to work through the injury.
The steps were slow. He was originally prohibited from any physical activity, but was cleared to walk and run on a treadmill. The next step was running on the field and then hitting the ball off a tee. Last week, Heyward was OKd to take batting practice.
Now he's to the point of being able to join the club on its six-game trip to Washington and Chicago.
"He's going to keep taking BP (had batting practice) and getting his legs in shape," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He wants to make sure his legs are strong before he goes back out there."
Heyward had been on a tear prior to his injury. He had been moved into the leadoff spot and had prospered. Heyward had pulled his average up to .253 with 13 homers and 37 RBIs.
"We're going to leave it up to him," Gonzalez said. "Whenever he's ready, we've got the whole instructional league waiting for him. Whether he wants to see left-handed pitch, right-handed pitching ... whatever he wants. We've got 60 kids ready to do whatever to get him on the field for the postseason roster."
Gonzalez didn't rule out the possibility of Heyward returning for a couple of the final regular-season games.
"It's up to him," Gonzalez said. "When he's ready to go, he'll let us know."
MLB Team Report - Atlanta Braves - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost one
PAST 10 GAMES: 4-6
NEXT: Braves (Mike Minor, 13-7, 3.15) at Nationals (Dan Haren, 9-13, 5.02)
--OF Justin Upton and B.J. Upton combined for five strikeouts on Sunday and now have 295 this season. Justin Upton has struck out 151 times and B.J. Upton has struck out 144 times. They are on target to become the first brothers playing on the same team to combine for 300 strikeouts.
--LHP Mike Minor has not pitched well in two starts against the Nationals this season. He's allowed six runs on 12 hits with seven walks and only five strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings, leading to a pair of no-decisions. Minor lost his most recent start, 5-2 at Miami.
--RHP Julio Teheran (12-8) gave up four runs and seven hits over 6 2/3 innings and saw his two-game winning streak broken. Teheran did not walk a batter for the first time since June 21 at Milwaukee, a span of 13 starts. He has now worked at least six innings in 22 of 28 starts, including the last seven.
--RF Jason Heyward will accompany the team on its six-game seven-day road trip. He continues to take batting practice and is expected to be ready for the postseason. Heyward could report to the instructional league to see live pitching whenever he feels ready.
--1B Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to seven games with a ninth-inning double. Freeman is 13-for-26 during the streak with two doubles, two homers and three RBIs. He also made a tremendous fielding play in the first inning to rob Jesus Guzman of a double.
--C Evan Gattis was 0-for-4 on Sunday and is hitless in his last 15 at-bats. Gattis started the first two games of the San Diego series in left field, but was moved behind the plate to give Brian McCann a day off. Gattis still leads all rookies in home runs (19), RBIs (57) and game-winning RBIs (11).
QUOTE TO NOTE: "(Teheran) pitched well enough that he deserved a better opportunity to win the ball game." -- Manager Fredi Gonzalez, on RHP Julio Teheran, who gave up four runs over 6 2/3 innings of Sunday's 4-0 loss to the Padres.
MLB Team Report - Atlanta Braves - ROSTER REPORT
--LHP Paul Maholm (sore left elbow) had an MRI that revealed no structural damage, although he skipped his Sept. 13 start.
--OF Jason Heyward (broken jaw) went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 22, the same day he had two plates surgically inserted in his jaw. He took batting practice Sept. 13 and hopes to return before the end of the season.
--RHP Tim Hudson (broken right ankle) went on the 15-day disabled list July 25, and he was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Sept. 2. He underwent season-ending surgery July 26 to repair his fractured right fibula and deltoid ligament.
--INF Ramiro Pena (torn labrum in right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 17, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sept. 1. He underwent season-ending surgery June 27.
--RHP Brandon Beachy (right elbow inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 23. He had an MRI exam Aug. 21 and after an appointment to see Dr. James Andrews on Aug. 26, it was determined he is only suffering from inflammation, not further structural damage to his surgically repaired right elbow. Beachy underwent Tommy John surgery 14 months ago and had made five starts since his return.
--2B Tyler Pastornicky (torn ACL in left knee) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 15. He had season-ending surgery Aug. 20.
--LHP Jonny Venters (torn ulnar collateral ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 4. He had season-ending Tommy John surgery May 16.
--LHP Eric O'Flaherty (torn ulnar collateral ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list May 19, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 21. He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery May 21.
--RHP Cristhian Martinez (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 7, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 16. He began a rehab assignment with Double-A Mississippi on June 25 but was shut down after two outings. He had season-ending surgery July 9.
RHP Kris Medlen
LHP Mike Minor
RHP Julio Teheran
LHP Alex Wood
LHP Paul Maholm
RHP Kameron Loe
RHP Craig Kimbrel (closer)
LHP Scott Downs
LHP Luis Avilan
RHP David Carpenter
RHP Anthony Varvaro
RHP Jordan Walden
RHP Luis Ayala
RHP Freddy Garcia
RHP David Hale
1B Freddie Freeman
2B Dan Uggla
SS Andrelton Simmons
3B Chris Johnson
INF Paul Janish
INF Elliot Johnson
LF Jordan Schafer
CF B.J. Upton
RF Justin Upton
OF/C Evan Gattis
OF Joey Terdoslavich
OF Jose Constanza
OF Reed Johnson