Here's another example of how Jason Heyward's season has gone: He was a late scratch from the lineup Monday against Colorado with a contusion to his left foot, from where he was hit by a pitch on Sunday.

Wouldn't you know, Heyward was 5-for-5 in his career against Jason Hammel, the Rockies' starter Monday.

About 2-1/2 hours before the game, manager Fredi Gonzalez said Heyward was fine. But an hour before the first pitch, the announcement was made – Heyward scratched, Nate McLouth would start in right field and bat eighth.

Eric Hinske, already in the lineup in left field, and shortstop Alex Gonzalez each moved up a spot in the order, to sixth and seventh. Heyward was available to pinch-hit.

Heyward hasn't been able to stay healthy long enough to put together a sustained run of productive hitting this season. He was batting.224 with a .319 on-base percentage and .397 slugging percentage before Monday, down sharply from his .277/.393/.456 line in 2010, when he was an All-Star and finished second to San Francisco's Buster Posey for National League Rookie of the Year.