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Jason Heyward just offered a pessimistic take on his recovery

Apr 29, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

Jason Heyward is on the 15-day disabled list following his appendectomy last week. He’s eligible to return a week from today, and based on the recovery timeline of other players who have had laparoscopic appendectomies, should have been able to return around then or a little bit thereafter. But talking to the press this afternoon, Heyward gave a much longer timeline than that:


No suggestion that he’s experienced any setbacks or anything, but no countervailing word from the team. For a Braves team suddenly in need of some offensive help, this is not particularly good news.

  1. largebill - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    While they’ve gotten a lot better at minimizing the invasiveness of the surgery, it is still best to wait to be 100% healed. All it takes is a slight discomfort to cause a player to unknowingly alter his swing/approach the plate which can lead to other issues (strains, pulls, etc).

    • evanwins - Apr 30, 2013 at 12:43 AM

      isn’t he hitting below .200? Maybe a change to his swing is what he needs.

  2. realgone2 - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    more likely because he is going to work on his swing.

  3. El Bravo - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Offensive help will come by simply not playing the Tigers.

  4. knowlegeforyou - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    It was the bottom of the tigers order that killed the braves. I thought we had schafer for his glove but his all out approach causes a lot of doubles turned triples. Reed is a great pinch hitter not a starter. My guess is Gattis’s glove must be pretty bad in left for them to not play him there at this point. Why was pastornicky not playing left in the minors? We know he could play 2B not SS.

  5. knowlegeforyou - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    You have to wonder how long the Braves are going to stick with Greg Walker. Simmons, Heyward, Uggla, BJ not hitting with no bright spots. The people hitting Freddie can just flat out hit. Johnson and Justin came from another team. I have been seeing a slide for two years with braves hitters. I would like to see a make or break article for coaches.

    • mazblast - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      BJ also came from another team just this year, and Simmons is proving that he needed more time in the minors, that his offensive adequacy last year was a fluke.

    • sumerduckman - Apr 29, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      Braves fans will have a good idea of the mettle of their team after the series with the Nats.

      Nats fans will have a good idea of the mettle of their team after the series with the Braves.

    • evanwins - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:08 AM

      And the bad news is Chris Johnson isn’r going to stay where he’s at (not even close), Gattis will most likely fizzle out, Uggla will not turn it around, and smart money is that Justin Upton will even out. BJ Upton will hit some HR”s but his avg. won’t climb over .250.

      If I were a Braves fan I would be very concerned about the solo home run. See: Justin Upton so far.

  6. xmatt0926x - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Heyward must be thrilled that Chipper is gone. Chipper would have made subtle suggestions to some media guy that he finds Heyward’s lack of urgency disturbing.

  7. randygnyc - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Who’s to say it was laparoscopic? Or that he didn’t have an infection? 5 weeks tells me this wasn’t ordinary circumstances.

  8. Jonny 5 - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    I had an appendectomy and I was hurting for quite some time. I’m sure everyone is different. I think Adam Dunn was the exception with his recovery.

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