One of the stranger injuries of the season happened to Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward on Tuesday, when he strained his neck while hitting in the first inning of the Braves' win over the Washington Nationals.
Heyward had to step away from home plate after fouling off the second pitch he saw from Gio Gonzalez, prompting a visit from Fredi Gonzalez and trainer Jeff Porter. Heyward stayed in to finish the at-bat, eventually popping up.
"Everything was normal until I backed away from the plate and the back of my head started pounding," Heyward said on braves.com. "It started running up to the top of my head. I tried to shake it off, but it didn't happen.
"It was just kind of like a full-on instant headache and pounding. It started in the back of my head and then just kind of worked its way up. It was hurting me, pounding the whole time I was on the field."
The Braves have Heyward listed as day-to-day with a strained neck, and his head was still hurting after the game.
"I feel better than I did when it happened," Heyward said. "But I'm just going to see how I'm feeling tomorrow. The doctor said it was calming down once he came to see me. I agreed with him. I'm just going to get some medicine and get it calmed down."
Heyward is hoping to play Wednesday's series finale against the Nationals.
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