No, I am not worried about prospects for his on-field performance now that he is the opening-day right fielder. I am worried about the Chipper-esqe nagging injuries.
Jason Heyward played in only 99 games last year due to a variety of little ailments...at age 19. One way to tell just how good Heyward appears to be is that he was Minor League Player Of The Year even though he missed about a third of the season. Now, for the second time during Spring Training, Heyward is missing time. This time, it is shin splints, and for whatever reason, I have this fear that, shin splints being what they are, this injury isn't going to magically disappear.
Heyward missed time earlier in the Spring with a sore back after crashing into the outfield wall during a game. Both he and Mr. Cox say he probably could have played through that pain had it been the regular season, and there is no reason to doubt them. Still, given his history and what we have been through with Chipper for several seasons, it gives one pause to see him missing some more time this close to the regular season.
Perhaps I am overreacting. It wouldn't be the first time. It doesn't help my psyche that Yunel is also hurting. Still, it could be worse. It could be a pitcher hurting, which would mean that the thought would cross someone's brain that we might need to keep Manny Acosta on the roster. Oh, the humanity!
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