Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward had surgery Thursday on his broken right jaw after he was struck by a pitch.
The team has not said how long he will be out, but he could miss the rest of the regular season. Atlanta has a commanding lead in the NL East and hopes Heyward will recover in time for the playoffs.
Dr. Glenn Maron operated in Atlanta, one day after Heyward was injured. He inserted plates in both places where the jaw was fractured.
Before his injury, Heyward had become one of the Braves’ hottest hitters. He was batting .253 with 13 homers.
White Sox add depth to infield
The White Sox recalled Leury Garcia from Triple-A Charlotte before Thursday’s game against the Royals to provide depth for their infield. Leury takes the roster spot of outfielder Blake Tekotte, who was optioned to Charlotte.
The White Sox needed some depth in their infield with third baseman Jeff Keppinger dealing with a stiff lower back. Keppinger was a late scratch from the lineup Tuesday night and did not play Wednesday. Conor Gillaspie has been paying in his place.
Around the leagues
The Washington Nationals held shortstop Ian Desmond out of the lineup Thursday against the Chicago Cubs because of a back problem. … Cincinnati Reds right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton is expected to have surgery after he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm. The Reds also said they moved starting pitcher Johnny Cueto to the 60-day disabled list to open a roster spot for right-hander Nick Christiani, who was called up from Triple-A Louisville. … The New York Yankees recalled reliever Preston Claiborne from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace injured infielder Jayson Nix on the roster, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left hand after he was hit by a pitch from Toronto’s R.A. Dickey the night before. New York manager Joe Girardi said he expects Nix to miss the rest of the season. … The Toronto Blue Jays placed infielder Maicer Izturis on the 15-day disabled list and recalled shortstop Ryan Goins from Triple-A Buffalo. Izturis was placed on the DL retroactive to Aug. 21 with a sprained left ankle. … Delmon Young is returning to Tampa Bay on a minor-league deal. The 27-year-old outfielder/designated hitter will report to Double-A Montgomery.