ATLANTA -- One day after surgery on his broken jaw, Braves outfielder Jason Heyward sent an emotional tweet: "While baseball isn't life, I love this game to death."
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Heyward was hit in the face by a 90 mph fastball that broke his jaw. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez told 11Alive partner USA Today, "They did not wire it shut, which is a good thing. He can get food in him. He's a big man."
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In his extended tweet, Heyward said, "My personal goal is to heal in time to be ready to join my teammates and coaches on their field for the postseason with the mindset to finish what we've started."
He was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support: "At the end of the day, I wanted EVERYONE to receive the THANK YOU and appreciation from me and only me because it's most genuine." Within hours the message had been retweeted more than 1400 times.