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Jason Heyward could be activated as soon as Monday

May 9, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

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While the Braves aren’t any closer to getting left-hander Jonny Venters back from an elbow injury, their lineup could receive a nice boost in the coming days.

According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jason Heyward went 0-for-5 with a walk and three strikeouts today in his first minor league rehab game with Triple-A Gwinnett. He’ll remain in the minors through the weekend, but Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated that he could be activated as soon as Monday’s series opener against the Diamondbacks.

Heyward is now two and a half weeks removed from his emergency appendectomy. He said late last month that he was hoping to make it back by the end of May, but fortunately for the Braves, he has made significant progress in recent days.

Heyward, 23, was batting .121 (7-for-58) with two home runs, five RBI and a .519 OPS in 17 games prior to the procedure. Jordan Schafer, Reed Johnson and Evan Gattis have all received looks in the outfield during his absence.

  1. Charles Gates - May 9, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    0-5 with 3 Ks. Right where he left off.

  2. westcoastredbird - May 10, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    His bat will continue to be on the DL for another 3 months. He’s destroyed my fantasy draft for the last 2 years. Matt Holliday was on the DL for 9 days with the same injury. Jason about 6 weeks. Dude couldn’t fall out of boat and hit water!!!!!!

    • blabidibla - May 10, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      27 HR, 93 R, 82 RBI, .269 BA ruined your fantasy draft last year?

  3. stoutfiles - May 10, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    So how long are the Braves willing to let this guy strikeout because he was projected to be amazing? I would keep him in the minors until he proves he can hit above .250 there.

    • blabidibla - May 10, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      3 years, career avg is .256 and he’s only 23 years old.

  4. Darkoestrada - May 10, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    He was one of the best all around outfielders in baseball last year. Only trout, mccutchen, and Braun had a higher war among outfielders. He’s really good and he’s only 23. Judging him on 1 rough April is idiotic.

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