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Jason Heyward had an appendectomy

Apr 23, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

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The Braves’ right fielder is gonna take some time off after having an emergency appendectomy last night in Denver. No other details apart from the fact of the surgery were released by the team.

A couple of players have had in-season appendectomies relatively recently: Matt Holliday and Adam Dunn. Holliday missed about ten games, Dunn six. Holliday was fine, Dunn took some time to get his groove, such as it is, back.  They do these things laproscopically now, so it’s not terribly invasive.

And frankly, Heyward could use a break as he’s been struggling something fierce at the plate. No word on how long he’ll be out, but I’d assume the Braves will DL him and let Evan Gattis play some left field while Heyward recuperates.

  1. pashton2 - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    All depends on whether they were able to do it laparoscopically or not. My 12 year old son had a laparoscopic appendectomy and was playing in a basketball game a week later. If the appendix had burst (or was in imminent danger of doing so) they need to do it the old fashioned way and cut through a lot more muscle. In that case it could be a month or more.

  2. proudlycanadian - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Roy Halladay once had an in season appendectomy. I think that he missed about 3 starts.

    • paperlions - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      Dang…I was hoping that was going to say: “Roy Halladay once had an appendectomy during the 3rd inning. He went back out for the 4th.”

  3. historiophiliac - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:55 AM


    • number42is1 - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:58 AM


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  4. westcoastredbird - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    His bat was already on the DL.

  5. Jonny 5 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    I had emergency surgery for mine. It hurt for a long time……

  6. Eternal Optimist - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    He just couldn’t stomach major league pitching any longer!

  7. 13arod - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    why are so many players getting hurt this year

  8. 13arod - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    i hpoe he comes back strong

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