Jason Heyward hoping to avoid DL

Updated: July 12, 2013, 10:31 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Braves outfielder Jason Heyward said Friday his strained right hamstring feels better and he hopes to avoid the disabled list.

Heyward left Thursday night's game against the Reds after hurting his hamstring while running the bases.

Reed Johnson started in right field on Friday night. Heyward might be held out through the weekend, but he said there is improvement.

"I feel better today than I did last night," Heyward said. "There is more flexibility in my hamstring ...

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