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Jason Heyward has surgery on fractured jaw

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA/AP) -

Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward underwent surgery Thursday to repair his fractured jaw.

Two plates were placed in Heyward's jaw, one plate on each fracture site.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Glenn Maron in Atlanta.

Heyward could miss up to four to six weeks after suffering a broken jaw in Wednesday's 4-1, 10-inning victory over the New York Mets. 

Heyward went down in a heap after he was struck by a 90 mph fastball from Mets pitcher Jon Niese in the sixth inning. Heyward was examined by doctors and taken to a hospital.  X-rays later showed his jaw was broken in two places.

Heyward's move to leadoff played a major role in the Braves recent hot streak.  He had a .357 batting average in 21 games since moving to the top of the order.

Chris Johnson's three-run homer in the 10th inning drove in the winning runs in Wednesday's game.  It was his 10th home run of the season.  The drive to left field came on Greg Burke's first big league pitch since he was recalled from the minors on Sunday.

Atlanta, with the best record in baseball and a huge lead in the NL East, got an RBI single from Freddie Freeman and another impressive start by rookie Alex Wood in splitting the two-game series for its 20th victory in 24 games.

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