Mike Matheny likely to bat Jason Heyward second in Cardinals’ lineup

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Mike Matheny indicated that he could see recently-acquired outfielder Jason Heyward as “a ‘2’ or ‘3’ guy”, referring to his spot in the Cardinals’ lineup, per Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Matheny added, “I really like him in the ‘2’ hole.” Matt Carpenter will continue to lead off for the Cardinals, giving the club a formidable on-base threat at the top of the lineup.

Heyward, 25, batted lead-off for the Braves for much of the 2014 season. He was dropped to fifth in the order between mid-June and mid-August. Heyward finished the year hitting .271/.351/.384 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI in 649 plate appearances.

The Cardinals traded pitcher Shelby Miller and minor league pitcher Tyrell Jenkins to the Braves for Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden in November.

Dale Murphy’s son hit in eye by rubber bullet during protest

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Atlanta Braves legend Dale Murphy took to Twitter last night and talked about his son, who was injured while taking part in a protest in Denver.

Murphy said his son nearly lost his eye after he was hit in the face by a rubber bullet while peacefully marching. He later shared a photo (see below). “Luckily, his eye was saved due to a kind stranger that was handing out goggles to protestors shortly before the shooting and another kind stranger that drove him to the ER,” Murphy said.

Murphy had far more to say about the protests, however, than how it related to his son:

“As terrible as this experience has been, we know that it’s practically nothing compared to the systemic racism and violence against Black life that he was protesting in the first place. Black communities across America have been terrorized for centuries by excessive police force . . . If you’re a beneficiary of systemic racism, then you will not be able to dismantle it at no cost to yourself. You will have to put yourself at risk. It might not always result in being physically attacked, but it will require you to make yourself vulnerable.”