"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.