Thu Oct 06 06:36am EDT
The 22-year-old started off his second season as he had started his first: with a home run. But after that, it wasn't as sweet a run as 2010. He was often injured and hit .227 with 14 homers, 18 doubles and two triples.
Braves GM Frank Wren told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Heyward isn't locked in as the right fielder for next season. "He's going to be in a battle for a position," Wren told the AJC. "It's not a given he's our right fielder. We're going to go into the offseason planning with it in mind that we've got to have offensive production from right field. And we didn't get that."
When Heyward was asked by the AJC what he planned to do this offseason, he said, "First, heal. ... I don't know if it's back-related, neck-related or whatever. I just feel like, get to the bottom of whatever it is. I mean, because I don't feel like it's better, as far as 100 percent. It still nags me. I just want to get to the root of the problem. Just take the time, because it's my career and I owe it to myself to most definitely get that checked."
Wren told the paper that there is no health issue, but Heyward is set to have an MRI Thursday to get the shoulder checked out, AJC reports.