Braves' Heyward exits with sore back, might play Tuesday

Right fielder Jason Heyward left Monday's game early with lower back soreness and is "day to day" with his recovery, according to team officials.

Prior to Monday's injury-shortened outing, Braves outfielder Jason Heyward (nine seasonal homers, 12 steals) had been hitting at a .297 clip since June 28.

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ATLANTA -- Braves outfielder Jason Heyward left Monday's game early with lower back soreness and is "day to day" with his recovery, according to team officials.

The 24-year-old veteran participated in three full innings on Monday, before retiring from the action.

Heyward had a regular day of rest on Sunday -- an 8-3 victory for the Braves. His next opportunity to play comes Tuesday, as Atlanta opens up an eight-game West Coast swing against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Entering the day, Heyward had collected nine homers, 42 RBI, 53 runs, 12 steals, a .261 batting average and .350 on-base percentage for the season.

Since June 28, he's been hitting at a .297 clip.