By now, most of you have already seen the Braves lineup, and already deduced that Jason Heyward is out of the lineup today against the Nationals, even with a right-hander going in Chien-Ming Wang.

It's the first time this season Heyward will sit for consecutive games this season for reasons not relating to his health. The way Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez put it Wednesday morning, he's going with the hot hand.

Jose Constanza has given the Braves a spark since his arrival on Friday, and gone 8-for-20 with a double and two RBIs in his first five major league starts.

Gonzalez put Eric Hinske in left field because Hinske has a great history against Wang – going 13-for-30 (.433) against him with five doubles, two homers and four RBIs.

"Just because he hasn't been in the lineup two days in a row has got nothing to do with giving up on him or anything like that, absolutely not," Gonzalez said. "It was just a matter of Constanza swinging it, and Hinske having decent numbers against Wang."

Heyward has hit only .233 (34-for-146) since he came off the disabled list in mid-June. He's not hitting the ball with the same authority he did in his standout rookie season. The Braves are believed to have at least mulled over the possibility of sending him to the minors to work on his swing.

What this seems like now going forward is Gonzalez showing more of a willingness to play the matchups and the hot hand, which could mean more time sitting for Heyward.

Gonzalez said he sat down with Heyward one-on-one and prepared him for that possibility when the team was in Colorado the week before the trade deadline.