Braves’ Jason Heyward Has Two Metal Plates Put in Broken Jaw

Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward had two metal plates placed in his jaw that was broken by a fastball thrown by Jon Niese of the New York Mets.

Heyward, 24, was struck by the 90 mile-per-hour (145 kilometer-per-hour) pitch in the sixth inning of Atlanta’s 4-1 win at Citi Field in New York yesterday.

Heyward had surgery today in Atlanta, the Major League Baseball team said in a statement. The Braves, who at 77-49 have the best record in the major leagues, didn’t say how long Heyward’s recovery would take.

Since moving into the leadoff role for Atlanta on July 28, Heyward has batted .345 with a .408 on-base percentage and a .586 slugging percentage

Heyward missed almost a month of the season after an emergency appendectomy in Denver on April 22. He returned to the team May 17.

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