Jason Heyward leaves game after being hit in the side of the head with a pitch

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Braves outfielder Jason Heyward has left today’s Braves-Mets game in the top of the sixth after being hit in the head with a Jon Niese fastball.  Heyward stayed on the ground for a good while after being hit and then left the game. He appeared groggy, but there were no apparent external injuries, lacerations or the like.  Obviously a concussion is a major concern.

There was no purpose behind Jon Neise’s pitch. Neither the game situation nor any past history suggests an intent. It appeared to be a fastball that simply got away from him. Niese himself appeared to be off his game for the next couple of batters, allowing a couple of hits including an RBI.  He then bore down and struck out Chris Johnson.

We’ll have an updates on Heyward’s status when we get one.