Heyward awaiting results from MRI on thumb

Jason Heyward, seen here belting a homer earlier this year against Tampa Bay, may get some rest today for his sore thumb and his ailing batting average.
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ATLANTA (AP) - Jason Heyward is out of the Braves' starting
lineup for the third straight game as he awaits the results of an
MRI on his sore left thumb.

Braves team physician Dr. Gary Lourie is expected to read
Monday's MRI.

"I don't know anything yet," Heyward said before Monday
night's game against Washington.

Heyward's batting average has dropped to .251, the low mark for
the rookie outfielder since April 30. He is in a 1-for-16 slump.

Heyward has 11 homers and 45 RBIs.

Meanwhile, the Braves have officially named Jair Jurrjens the
starting pitcher for Wednesday's game against Washington. Jurrjens
is returning from a strained left hamstring.

Also, closer Billy Wagner says he's ready to pitch after resting
his sore left ankle.

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