• Outfielder Chris Heisey's left elbow was feeling much better on Thursday, good enough for him to start against the Braves. Heisey -- who was hit by pitches in back-to-back at-bats, his final one Monday and first one on Tuesday -- had to leave the game after getting hit with a 95-mph fastball by Milwaukee's Wily Peralta. Heisey was hit on the inside of the arm in the eighth inning Monday night by Milwaukee's Jim Henderson. He sat out Wednesday as a precaution.
"It's pretty sore, but at the same time, I've been able to get most of my range of motion back," Heisey said prior to Thursday night's game. "That's baseball. The first one got me in the forearm. I could deal with that. But the second one on the bone on the elbow, and those guys throw hard. I'm just glad I didn't miss more time than I did."
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