There are few things in Major League Baseball scarier that seeing a player get hit in the face with the baseball. So many bad things can happen from such a play that everyone in the game wishes it would never happen. Well it does happen and it happened to Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward a few weeks ago. The result for him was a broken jaw but he was lucky that it wasn’t a terrible break that required his jaw to be wired shut. Now it appears that Heyward might be able to return much quicker than anyone assumed. Considering the situation, that would be great for Heyward.
The Braves are going to win the National League East running away. Literally they could clinch by the end of next week. The race for the best record in the N.L. is still very close but that is a lesser thing than the division race. For this reason, getting Heyward back earlier with a couple of weeks to go in the season would give him time to find his grove in the batter’s box once again. This could be a huge difference in the first round of the playoffs.
In the MLB Postseason it seems that the rounds get more dangerous the earlier they are. The division series round is more dangerous than the LCS round and the wildcard playoff game is a powder-keg. The Braves will take their star right fielder any way they can get him but with over a week to get himself accustomed to the game once again after such a scary injury would be perfect. Heck, he could stand there and look at pitches for four games in a row if he had to. There is no official time table on this thing because it is such a different kind of injury. Still, the earlier that Heyward can safely step in the box versus live opposing pitching, the better.