Jason Heyward hit in the jaw with a pitch

Jason Heyward will be out 4-6 weeks after this disturbing injury

8/22/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Aug 21, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (22) is hit by a pitch from New York Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese (not pictured) and is tended to by Mets catcher John Buck (44) and home plate umpire Greg Gibson (53) during the sixth inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsJason Heyward has been on fire at the plate lately for the Braves, with a .348 batting average in the month of August. Unfortunately, he'll miss the next 4-6 weeks due to a pretty horrific broken jaw, suffered when he was hit in the face by a 90-mph fastball from Mets pitcher Jonathan Niese.

It clearly wasn't intentional by Niese, who was clearly upset after hitting Heyward with the pitch. Heyward leaned into the pitch a bit, and it probably didn't break as much as he was expecting it to

This is a huge blow for the Braves, but the good news is that they have a huge lead in their division over the 2nd place Nationals, and Heyward will likely be back at the end of the season and able to contribute in the playoffs.

In case you missed it, click here to watch video of the injury.
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8/22/13   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

Ugh.  That was sickening.  I'm shocked he was able to walk off the field on his own, as it almost looked like he was unconscious for a few moments.

8/22/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

This is why throwing at people is not something that should be encouraged (*cough* Dempster *cough*). It's a baseball thrown at 90 mph+. It can and does hurt someone.