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Braves' Heyward has surgery, Beachy to visit Andrews

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ATLANTA (AP) - Braves outfielder Jason Heyward had surgery Thursday on his broken right jaw after he was struck by a pitch.

The team has not said how long he will be out, but he could miss the rest of the regular season.

Atlanta also announced that Brandon Beachy will visit renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Monday. The team did not disclose anymore information about a possible injury.

Beachy, who returned to the big leagues last month ago after working his way back from Tommy John surgery, is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in five starts this season.

He won back-to-back starts before giving up three runs in Tuesday's loss to the Mets. He gave up just one unearned run through the first five innings in that game before he lost some velocity and ran into trouble in the sixth.

Mike Minor will move up a day to take Beachy's next turn in the rotation Sunday against St. Louis.

Heyward flew back to Atlanta Wednesday night after having X-rays performed at a New York Hospital. Dr. Glenn Maron operated on the outfielder Thursday, inserting plates in both places where the jaw was fractured.

Atlanta has a commanding lead in the NL East and hopes Heyward will recover in time for the playoffs.

Before his injury, Heyward had moved into the leadoff spot and become one of the Braves' hottest hitters. He was batting .253 with 13 homers and 37 RBIs.

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