Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward will miss about six weeks with a broken jaw. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward suffered a fractured right jaw when he was hit by a pitch Wednesday in a game against the New York Mets and is likely out four-to-six weeks, reports MLB.com.
Heyward was hit by Mets starter Jonathon Niese with two outs in the sixth inning. The pitch, a 90 mph high fastball, hit part of Heyward’s batting helmet, breaking his jaw in two places.
The team announced Heyward will return to Atlanta to undergo surgery tomorrow.
The Braves are 15.5 games ahead in the National League East. Heyward is hitting .254 with 13 home runs and 37 RBI for Atlanta this season. He had been hot of late, hitting .366 with six doubles, five home runs and 15 RBI with a 1.052 OPS in the past 21 games.