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Jason Heyward cleared to play catch and hit off a tee

Sep 3, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

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Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has an update on the status of Braves outfielder Jason Heyward, who suffered multiple fractures in his jaw when he was beaned by a fastball on August 21:

Jason Heyward isn’t chewing solid food yet, but he did get a pleasant surprise during a visit to the oral surgeon Tuesday. He was cleared to begin playing some catch and swinging at balls off a tee.

“I was excited to get the process started,” Heyward told reporters Tuesday after receiving that clearance. “It happened sooner that I would have expected.”

The 24-year-old has already been ruled out for the remainder of the 2013 regular season, but he could return for the playoffs. Heyward was batting .253/.347/.423 with 13 home runs and 37 RBI in 95 games played.

  1. dondada10 - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Guys, really sorry about Tim Hudson and Jason Heyward. Feel better.

    –The Mets

  2. necr0philia - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Go Braves!

  3. scdocal - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Really need him back ASAP. He hasn’t been ruled out for the rest of season. He is on 15 day DL. There is a possibility he comes back for a few games before postseason to see live pitching.

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