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Braves activate Jason Heyward, place Jordan Walden on DL

May 17, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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Jason Heyward is back from the disabled list after being out since April 21 following an emergency appendectomy.

Heyward made it clear right away that he wasn’t going to rush back, targeting late-May, and ended up missing 23 games. Atlanta went 9-14 without Heyward after starting the season at 13-4, although considering he was hitting just .121 the hot start had nothing to do with him and fill-ins Evan Gattis, Reed Johnson, and Jordan Schafer certainly weren’t any worse.

Along with activating Heyward the Braves also placed reliever Jordan Walden on the DL with shoulder inflammation. Acquired from the Angels for Tommy Hanson this offseason, Walden has a 4.85 ERA in 13 innings while posting a very strong 16/3 K/BB ratio, but he was scored on each of his last three appearances.

  1. jarathen - May 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Walden only has like two pitches. Just depends on a bit of luck and how accurate he can be with them. I know that seems like idiotic color commentary (staying within your mechanics, not doing too much, etc.), but that’s really it. Hitting his spots with that fastball and controlling that slider.

    • mazblast - May 17, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      Most relievers only have (or use) two pitches.

      I saw Walden pitch May 6th at Cincy, and he certainly didn’t look good. His location was poor and the movement on his pitches wasn’t there.

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