Jason Heyward back on track with Atlanta Braves

Jason Heyward back on track with Atlanta Braves

By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP Sports Writer

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Jason Heyward is back on track with the Atlanta Braves.

A year ago, the right fielder came into spring training facing major questions after a hugely disappointing sophomore season. But Heyward insisted all along that he merely needed to stay healthy to live up to the potential he showed as a rookie star.

Heyward was right. He played in 158 games and helped the Braves claim a playoff spot by hitting .269 with 27 homers, 82 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.

Now, with Chipper Jones having retired, Heyward is poised to take over as the face of the franchise. He's only 23 years old and again seems destined for a long, productive career with the Braves.

Heyward isn't concerned with long-term expectations. He's staying focused on another healthy, productive season.

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