Jason Heyward showed up to spring training with some added muscle, and the outfielder said that he will wear a protective guard on his batting helmet this season, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
At 24, it would be a good time to bet on Heyward taking a step forward in his development. The Braves recently locked him up through 2015, and if he could approach his 2012 numbers this season and next, he can expect a big payday in 2016. Improved performance at the plate would also bode well for the Braves' pennant hopes.ANALYST: Ivar G. Anderson
Update: Nene (calf) will not play Saturday.
The Wizards are thin in the forecourt, now with Hilario out as well as Kris Humphries. He was a game-time decision earlier, but the pre-game shootaround appear to have shown his lack of capacity to play on Saturday. Jared Dudley and Drew Gooden will be asked to carry on in place of the injured Wizards. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson