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Braves Outfielder Heyward Hit By Pitch In Right Jaw

Scary Moment At Citi Field After Pitch Gets Away From Niese
Jason Heyward #22 of the Atlanta Braves is helped by John Buck #44 of the New York Mets and homeplate umpire Greg Gibson #53 after getting hit in the face with a pitch from Jonathon Niese #49 in the fifth inning at Citi Field on August 21, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Jason Heyward #22 of the Atlanta Braves is helped by John Buck #44 of the New York Mets and homeplate umpire Greg Gibson #53 after getting hit in the face with a pitch from Jonathon Niese #49 in the fifth inning at Citi Field on August 21, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward has been hit in the right jaw by a pitch and taken to a hospital for X-rays.

Heyward was struck by a 90 mph fastball from New York Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese in the sixth inning Wednesday. The impact made a loud noise, and the crowd groaned as Heyward crumpled to the ground.

He stayed down on his back for about three minutes before getting helped to his feet. Heyward walked slowly off the field under his own power, escorted by a trainer, and was replaced by Jordan Schafer.

Visibly concerned, Niese tapped himself with his glove as Heyward walked off, and Heyward appeared to acknowledge him.

An inning later, the Mets announced that Heyward was examined by their doctors before he was taken to the hospital for further examination.

On a tear at the plate since moving into the leadoff spot last month, Heyward began the day batting .254 with 13 homers and 37 RBIs. Atlanta entered with a 15-game lead in the NL East.

The Braves went on to win the game 4-1 in 10 innings.

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