Jason Heyward is expected to rejoin the Braves Wednesday after a two-game minor league rehabilitation stint with Gwinnett and at that point, the Braves will let Heyward decide if he's ready to be activated from the disabled list.
This much has already been resolved though, and that's smoothing things over with Braves veteran Chipper Jones. Jones said Tuesday he called Heyward to clarify his comments last week encouraging Heyward to play through his shoulder injury.
Jones said he thought his original comments to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution were blown out of proportion by national TV networks who characterized it as "calling out Heyward."
"He and I are fine," Jones said of Heyward. "I just wanted to explain myself to him, which I shouldn't have to do….I just wanted to make sure there wasn't a problem between he and I, and once we got done talking, we're good…
"He realizes how stuff can get mixed up and turned around. He didn't take anything personal. The bottom line is we've got to get him as healthy as possible, as soon as possible."
Jones said his comments came in a response to a specific question about Heyward saying he wouldn't return until his shoulder was completely healed.
"That has a tendency to rub people the wrong way," Jones had said last week. "And we understand where he's coming from – he wants to be healthy when he plays, so he can go out and give himself the best opportunity to be successful. I get that…
"What Jason needs to realize is that Jason at 80 percent is a force, and Jason at 80 percent is better than a lot of people in this league. And that there are a bunch of his teammates that are out there playing with discomfort and not healthy and still going at it."
Jones said Tuesday he would say the same thing to Heyward's face, and had, in fact, before he even made these comments publicly. He said when he spoke to Heyward by phone last week he was reiterating what he'd already told him.
Chipper calls Heyward to clarify comments
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Jun 15