Braves' Heyward pulled with left groin injury

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heyward headshot.jpgBudding outfielder Jason Heyward was lifted in the second inning of Wednesday’s game against the Washington Nationals due to a left groin injury, the Braves revealed to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman.

Melky Cabrera replaced the young superstar in right field and may need to man the position for the next few days while Matt Diaz covers left.  Heyward, 20, has youth on his side and should be able to bounce back and put the issue behind him.  But he’s sure to miss at least Thursday’s series finale with the Nationals.

Heyward is batting an alarming .286/.408/.619 this season with eight home runs and 24 RBI in just 26 games.  He’s been as good as advertised, if not better.

Justin Verlander earns 200th career win

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Astros starter Justin Verlander wasn’t his usual dominant self on Sunday against the Athletics, but he was good enough to get the win. In doing so, he earned the 200th win of his career, becoming the 117th member of the 200-win club.

Verlander went 5 1/3 innings, yielding four runs (all earned) on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts. On the season, Verlander is now 12-8 with a 2.65 ERA and a 223/29 K/BB ratio in 169 2/3 innings. Sunday’s win helped the Astros stave off the surging A’s. The Astros now have a one-game lead in the AL West.

Only two active pitchers have more wins than Verlander: Bartolo Colon (247) and CC Sabathia (244). Zack Greinke will likely be the next member of the 200-win club as he currently has 184 to his name.