Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones: Jason Heyward needs to play with pain - ESPN
Outfielder Jason Heyward likely will take the baton soon from third baseman Chipper Jones as the Atlanta Braves' biggest star.
Before that happens, though, Heyward has to learn how to play through pain, according to Jones.
Heyward, who has a sore right shoulder, could have returned from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, but because he hasn't swung a bat in more than two weeks, he likely won't be back for another week. Heyward likely is still a few days away from hitting off a tee, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.
The 21-year-old Heyward has said he did not want to return until he's completely healthy. Jones, 39, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the second-year slugger needs to realize how important he is to the Braves, even if he isn't 100 percent.
"I think where Jason might have erred was the comment that he made, 'I'm not coming back until it doesn't hurt anymore.' That has a tendency to rub people the wrong way," Jones told the newspaper. "And we understand where he's coming from -- he wants to be healthy when he plays, so he can go out and give himself the best opportunity to be successful. I get that.
"What Jason needs to realize is that Jason at 80 percent is a force, and Jason at 80 percent is better than a lot of people in this league. And that there are a bunch of his teammates that are out there playing with discomfort and not healthy, and still going at it."