Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Fastball breaks jaw of Braves' red-hot Heyward

NEW YORK — Braves RF Jason Heyward sustained two jaw fractures when he was struck by a pitch and might be out for the season.

The Braves said that Heyward's jaw was stabilized, and he was to return to Atlanta on Wednesday night in advance of an operation scheduled for today. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Heyward would miss the rest of the regular season, though the team said it will announce how long he will be sidelined after surgery is completed.

Heyward was beaned by a 90 mph fastball from Mets LHP Jonathon Niese in the sixth inning Wednesday. The impact made a loud noise, and the crowd groaned as Heyward crumpled.

He stayed on his back for about three minutes before getting helped to his feet. Heyward walked off slowly under his own power, escorted by a trainer, and was replaced by Jordan Schafer.

Visibly concerned, Niese tapped himself with his glove as Heyward walked off, and Heyward appeared to acknowledge him.

On a tear at the plate since moving into the leadoff spot last month, Heyward began the day batting .254 with 13 homers and 37 RBIs for the runaway NL East leaders.

JUST BASEBALL FOR A-ROD: Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez said he's cutting off all non-baseball talk after a wild weekend of accusations and retaliations on and off the field. Rodriguez said he wants to put the focus solely on baseball while the Yankees push for a playoff spot.

In other Yankees news, SS Derek Jeter is set to begin another rehab assignment tonight at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and could join the team this weekend at Tropicana Field, manager Joe Girardi said. Jeter, 39, has been limited to five big-league games this season because of injuries to his ankle, quad and calf.

Also, Yankees INF Jayson Nix broke his left hand after being hit by a pitch from Blue Jays RHP R.A. Dickey.

SUIT DELAYED: A South Florida judge granted a delay in witness depositions in Major League Baseball's lawsuit against Biogenesis, the now-closed Miami-area clinic accused of providing banned substances to players. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Ronald Dresnick agreed to allow a 10-day stay for depositions of two witnesses. Attorneys will seek a longer stay while an appeals court decides whether to throw out the lawsuit.

BROADCASTER HEALING: Mike Shannon, a former Cardinals third baseman who has been a popular radio broadcaster for the team for more than 40 years, is recovering after heart surgery. The team said Shannon, 74, is resting comfortably and is expected to make a full recovery.

DODGERS: CF Matt Kemp, on the disabled list since July 22 with a sprained left ankle, isn't expected back until September, manager Don Mattingly told mlb.com.

PHILLIES: LHP John Lannan is expected to have season-ending surgery to repair a partially torn tendon in his left knee.

RANGERS: Veteran INF and former Ray Brendan Harris signed a minor-league contract and was assigned to Triple-A Round Rock.

RED SOX: DH David Ortiz, playing first base in a National League park, left the game against the Giants in the fifth inning with lower back tightness.

TIGERS: LH reliever Phil Coke was optioned to Triple-A Toledo after posting a 5.00 ERA in 36 innings.

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