The Phillies get a couple of breaks tonight. Jason Heyward is out of the line-up with a continued case of soreness in his oblique, also known as the muscle that currently has Cliff Lee on the disabled list. According to Atlanta Journal-Constitution Braves beat writer David O'Brien, Heyward is looking toward a Thursday return.
The 22-year-old Heyward is hitting .273/.341/.442 with two home runs, eight steals and 20 strikeouts in 77 at bats. He is 3-for-13 with a home run and four strikeouts against Cole Hamels.
Also, Chipper Jones is out of the line-up. He's been hampered by some pain in his surgically repaired left knee. That's good news for Hamels, who has allowed four doubles, two home runs and seven walks to Jones in 41 career plate appearances against him.
Matt Diaz is in right field in place of Heyward, Juan Francisco at third base in place of Jones.