Braves’ Heyward exits with sore back, might play Tuesday

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.