Heisey has bruised shoulder after collision

Heisey has bruised shoulder after collision

Heisey has bruised shoulder after collision
CINCINNATI -- Reds outfielder Chris Heisey suffered a bruised left shoulder after a ninth-inning collision at the wall with center fielder Drew Stubbs during Sunday's 4-3 win over the Braves. He underwent an MRI exam, which was negative for anything serious.

"I'm fine. I'll be ready to play tonight," said Heisey, who was not in the starting lineup Monday.

With one out in the ninth and a runner on second base in a 3-3 game, Atlanta's Nate McLouth sent a drive to the warning track in left-center field. Heisey, the left fielder, and Stubbs both called for the ball and converged at the fence. Stubbs made the catch as Heisey banged off his teammate and hit the wall. He spent a couple of moments down on the ground before collecting himself.

"It was so loud out there. He was definitely calling for it, but I never heard him," Heisey said. "Sometimes when you're both calling at the same time, you hear yourself instead of him. I'm just glad the ball got caught. I knew he was coming. As some point, you have to say, 'We'll probably run into each other, but one of us has to catch it.' The game was on the line."

The runner tagged up and reached third base on the play, but was left stranded by reliever Francisco Cordero. Stubbs won the game for Cincinnati with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth.

"I'd rather have that than both of them pull up and the ball falls in," manager Dusty Baker said of the collision. "That's two guys that want to catch the ball."