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.
Jose Bautista was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip bone bruise. It appears that Bautista suffered the injury earlier this month during the Blue Jays last home stand according to Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. It’s unclear which exact game the injury occurred in, but Bautista has on hit only .125 with one home run over his last nine games before be placed on the disabled list. The Blue Jays plan is to rest him for the next two weeks and provide treatment before he will get re-evaluated. Bautista seems optimistic that he’ll return in September and quickly shot down the idea that the Blue Jays might consider shutting him down for the season.