LAKELAND, Fla. -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez understands there is a lot of interest surrounding Jason Heyward as he attempts to rebound from a disappointing season. But Gonzalez said he sees no value in providing daily updates about how his 22-year-old right fielder is progressing.
The Braves entered Spring Training knowing that it would likely take Heyward some time to gain comfort while facing live pitching again, and attempting to utilize the adjustments he made this winter. This seems to be proving true as he has just one hit in his first 11 at-bats of the Grapefruit League season.
"I see good at-bats and I see good swings at times," Gonzalez said. "It's just something he's going to have to keep working at. He's almost there. Hopefully he doesn't worry about the numbers."
Heyward went hitless in two at-bats and drew a walk during Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Tigers. He struck out looking in the fourth inning and lined out to right field in the sixth.
"Our job as coaches is to get him to not worry about 0-for-4 or 0-for-3 right now," Gonzalez said. "This is Spring Training. We just need him to keep going to where he has to be."