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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Braves Injury Update: Andrelton Simmons, Jason Heyward, Jonny Venters

By on 7/31/2014 09:30:00 AM

Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is playing through shoulder soreness, and he will continue to play. In addition, outfielder Jason Heyward has not played since leaving Monday night's game with back soreness, and he will likely miss at least Thursday's series finale at the Dodgers. Pitcher Jonny Venters has begun a throwing program, but it is unclear if he will pitch for the Braves this season.

Andrelton Simmons
The Atlanta Journal Constitution's David O'Brien announced via Twitter that Simmons will continue to play through his shoulder soreness.
Simmons has had a tough stretch, hitting .194 in his last 10 games. He has, however, continued to shine of defense. Overall, Simmons is hitting .256 with 5 HR and 36 RBI on the season.

Jason Heyward's Mark Bowman reports that Heyward will most likely sit out Thursday night in Los Angeles, meaning he will miss the entire Dodgers series. Heyward left Monday afternoon's game with the Padres after four innings. The video clip looks innocent enough, but Heyward left after that at bat with back discomfort.

Heyward also sat out the day before because of discomfort. He had hoped to play Wednesday, but he was not ready. Heyward discussed his injury earlier this week. Said Heyward,
"I'm getting treatment, doing a lot of stretching and trying to get this thing loosened up a little bit better and make it a little easier to move around. These past couple days, it's been pretty tight."
Bowman says that manager Fredi Gonzalez will rest Heyward one more night and likely put him back in the lineup when the Braves travel to San Diego for a weekend series.

Heyward is hitting .260 with 9 HR and 42 RBI in 103 games.

Jonny Venters
Bowman reports that Venters has thrown long-toss and flat-ground drills with little to no discomfort. Venters is recovering from Tommy John surgery in May of 2013. He has not started throwing off a mound yet, but that could happen before long. Bowman says, "It remains far too early to even guess whether Venters might be capable of pitching for the Braves this year."

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