I can accept that he’s hurt a lot. But he needs to be forthcoming. The injuries could be navigated to limit further damage to his body and to team production. But as long as he remains stubborn about it, and doesn’t rest until it’s MRI time after a month of strike outs (similar to last year’s waiting until he couldn’t even grip the bat), each injury is going to inflict maximum damage on the team.
From Bowman’s article about Heyward’s shoulder. WTF?!?! Does he get blasted by the coaching staff and the front office for not being forthcoming about this stuff?
“Heyward has seemingly kept quiet about this shoulder discomfort he said he has been battling for nearly two months. When he addressed the media, Gonzalez said his young outfielder had only been battling discomfort for a couple weeks.”
Steve, the Braves treat Jason with kid gloves (heh, pun). Did you read Fredi’s comments, how he’d never bench Jason for a slump? Why not? What if he’s slumping through another silent injury?
Last year he waited until he couldn’t grip the bat.
This year he waited until he couldn’t feel his arm.
After Schafer, Heyward, McCann, and Heyward again … hiding injuries and draining the team’s production for weeks of precious games, the Braves had better change the culture regarding injuries. This is so unnecessary.
“Fredi doesn’t seem too concerned about Heyward’s shoulder injury, said he hoped he’d be able to play after a day or two of rest and treatment. But he’ll have the MRI tomorrow, Braves want to rule out anything structural and give him peace of mind.
Heyward said numbness in hand is gone today, but shoulder still feels awkward or uncomfortable Strength tests they’ve done indicate it’s not anything structural. Could be inflammation of some kind, but they just don’t know.”
This sounds like good news on one hand, but also like code for “we’re not going to give him the rest he needs to make this right.”
They showed a stat of the Nats’ record against the NL East since 2008. We are the only team they have a winning record against. I think they’ve beaten us twice as much as they have Philly in the last 3 years.
Nate, I would be willing to bet that stat doesn’t just apply to the NL East. There can’t be more than 2 or 3 teams in baseball that the Nats have a inning record against. And when you finish 2 or 3 games out of the playoffs and you lose to the Nats 10 times, there is a correlation there.