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Atlanta Braves’ Jason Heyward Hit by Pitch

August 21st, 2013 at 3:18 PM
By Andrew Auman

Jason Heyward was hit by a Jon Niese fastball in the top of the 6th inning of the Atlanta Braves' final game of their two game series with the New York Mets at Citi Field

Jason Heyward - First at bat

The pitch hit Heyward squarely in the right side of his jaw, just below the ear. He was able to walk off, but appeared to be understandably disoriented by the 94 mph fastball from left-hander Jon Niese.

Heyward has seen the Mets in-stadium doctor, and is currently waiting in the Braves' training room, awaiting transport to a local Manhattan hospital. Heyward refused a stretcher, and left the stadium walking with an ice pack on his jaw.

Bearing in mind, Citi Field has in-house x-ray capabilities, as Tim Hudson did not require a trip to the hospital when his ankle was injured by Eric Young Jr, it makes Heyward's trip to an outside hospital that much more disconcerting for Braves fans.

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Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Citi Field, Eric Young Jr, Jason Heyward, Jon Niese, MLB, New York Mets, Tim Hudson

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