Braves’ Heyward leaves game after first at-bat

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Updated: August 7, 2013

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward
left Tuesday’s 2-1 win against the Washington Nationals following his first
at-bat.

Just two pitches into the game, Heyward fouled off a high pitch from Gio
Gonzalez. Heyward’s follow through on the swing strained a muscle in his
neck. The team said he is day-to-day.

Heyward received medical attention, but after a few minutes remained in the
game and popped out on the next pitch for the first out of the game. Heyward
immediately headed for the tunnel and didn’t come out to play the field in the
bottom of the first inning.

Evan Gattis entered the game for the Braves playing left field, while Justin
Upton moved from left to right. Gattis had a two-run single in the fifth
inning.

Heyward, who is hitting .234 this season with 10 homers and 31 RBI, was on the
disabled list earlier this year due to appendectomy surgery.