Heyward Out 4-6 Weeks with Broken Jaw

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Jason Heyward sustained two jaw fractures when he was struck by a John Niese fastball on Wednesday and will have surgery today. Heyward is expected to miss 4-6 weeks of the season. After Heyward got beaned by the 90 mph fastball, it was a scary scene as he remained on the ground for a few minutes before walking off the field on his own power. Heyward has been on a tear at the plate since moving into the leadoff spot in July. He began the day batting .254 with 13 homers and 37 RBIs on the season. The Braves are now faced with most likely a platoon situation that won't  match Heyward's production. B.J. Upton was recently demoted to a part-time role as he continues to be one of the biggest fantasy busts in 2013. Upton has been primarily used against lefties while sitting against right-handed pitching. Jordan Schafer will also be apart of the platoon situation, but there is little confidence that either of these players can come close to Heyward's production. 

 NEWS & NOTES

  •  Alfonso Soriano went 1-for-3 with a game-winning two-run home run to give the Yankees a 4-2 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday. Soriano had gone 0-13 in his last three games, but since he arrived in the Bronx, he has provided the offensive lift the Yankees so desperately needed with all the injuries to key players.
  • Tony Cingrani (back) felt better on Wednesday after leaving Tuesday's start with a lower back strain. He'll play catch on Thursday and throw a bullpen Friday before the Reds decide whether he'll make his next scheduled start.
  • Torii Hunter went 2-for-5 with two RBI as the Tigers beat the Twins 7-1 on Wednesday. Hunter is now batting .307 through 112 games this year.
  • Dayan Viciedo went 3-for-4 with a grand slam on Wednesday. Viciedo has legitimate power and is certainly someone to watch heading into 2014 as a breakout candidate.
  • Derek Jeter (calf) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. He could be activated within the next few days if his rehab assignment goes well. It appears the plan is for Jeter to play at least two games in the minors before being re-activated from the disabled list.
  • Edward Mujica (shoulder) earned his 33rd save of the season on Wednesday but experienced some muscle discomfort in his upper back near his right shoulder. Mujica said the discomfort will not force him to miss games, but Cardinals manager does not seem to agree with him. Fantasy owners better grab Trevor Rosenthal as insurance.
  • Mike Trout (hamstring) missed his third straight game Wednesday. He's still being considered day-to-day. Trout left Sunday's game with tightness in his right hamstring and has not been back in the lineup. He has yet to run and the Angels will continue to receive therapy with no need to bring him back before he is 100%.
  • Johnny Cueto (lat) threw just 40 pitches in his throwing session Wednesday and he said he is feeling good. Its not yet clear when fantasy owners can expect Cueto to throw again this year. He has only made 9 starts this season as this is his third trip to the DL.
  • Starling Marte missed his third consecutive game on Wednesday. Marte was originally expected to return Tuesday, but ended up being a late scratch. The Pirates recalled Felix Pie from Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, which could mean the Pirates expect Marte to be out for at least a few more games.