Jason Heyward got the night off and Reed Johnson spelled him in the Atlanta Braves outfield during Tuesday night's win over the Miami Marlins. It was an opportunity for Heyward to unwind and relax as he looks to get comfortable at the plate.
Heyward, whose only two hits came April 3 against the Philadelphia Phillies, believes he's been trying to do too much.
"I've just been really tense and trying to too much, trying to be too perfect," Heyward said on braves.com. "That's not how you hit. You go up there relaxed. You have to go up there free and easy and trust yourself."
Heyward also put in some extra cage work with Greg Walker and Scott Fletcher after Monday night's game.
"It was not an angry cage or a venting round of work," Heyward said. "It was just more of, if we're that close, let's go see and feel if we can get it right. I came out feeling better than I have in a long time."
All signs point to the 23-year-old lefty really maturing. Here's to hoping J-Hey breaks out in Wednesday's series finale with the Marlins.