ATLANTA -- Jason Heyward awoke on Monday with some soreness around his right oblique muscle. The 22-year-old outfielder will rest until the Braves are confident he is not in danger of suffering a strain that would cause him to miss much more than just a couple days.
"With those things, I didn't want to mess with it," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said while explaining why Heyward was not in the starting lineup for Monday night's series finale against the Pirates.
Heyward is hoping to return to the Braves' lineup by Wednesday. He played the entirety of Sunday's win over the Pirates without any problem. But he awoke on Monday morning feeling some discomfort in his right side.
"There's no tightness," Heyward said. "It's just sore and tender to the touch."
Heyward said the Braves medical staff informed him that he would be in more danger of suffering a strain if he was feeling tightness around his oblique muscle. Both parties seemed confident that he should gain enough relief to return to the lineup within the next couple of days.