October 6, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (22) is congratulated by third base coach Brian Snitker (51) after hitting a two run home run in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game three of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Braves' Jason Heyward will wear protective guard

The Atlanta Braves will be looking to take the National League East for the second year for the second year in a row after finishing the 2013 campaign with a 96-66 record. They were able to outlast the Washington Nationals, who finished the year 10 games behind the first place Braves.

Now this year could be a whole lot better for Atlanta if key pieces are able to stay healthy. They missed Dan Uggla and Jason Heyward for a period of time, while Justin Upton was listed as day to day several times. This team could have easily won over a little over 100 games.

Last year Heyward missed a month after suffering a broken jaw after taking a fast ball from Jon Niese.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jason Heyward will be wearing a protective guard all-year round when he’s in the batters box. The guy isn’t taking any chance, which is a good thing.

I remember when Marlon Byrd‘ took a pitch to the dome during a series against the Boston Red Sox while he was with the Chicago Cubs. That was brutal.

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