Heyward's right shoulder doesn't require surgery

Heyward's right shoulder doesn't require surgery

MILWAUKEE -- Jason Heyward entered this offseason excited about the opportunity to distance himself from a season filled with frustration. The Braves outfielder will now do so with the peace of mind gained from the latest of his MRI exams that showed no structural damage around his right shoulder.

Heyward underwent multiple MRI exams this summer that simply showed inflammation around his shoulder. His latest exam, performed last Thursday, focused on his cervical spine area to make sure he was not dealing with any ailments that were causing him discomfort.

The Braves announced Monday night that the results of the exam were negative and that the 22-year-old outfielder will not need to undergo any kind surgical procedure.

Heyward will be placed on a maintenance and stretching program to strengthen the shoulder.

Coming off a strong rookie season, Heyward battled regular frustration while hitting .227 with 14 home runs and a .708 OPS this year. He revealed in early May that his shoulder had been bothering him, dating back to the second week of March. Two weeks later, he began a three-week stint on the disabled list.

Heyward batted .234 with seven home runs and a .700 OPS in the 83 games he played after returning from the disabled list on June 15.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.