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Jason Heyward might be able to return early next week

Sep 18, 2013, 9:23 PM EDT

jason heyward getty Getty Images’s Mark Bowman has a big update on Braves outfielder Jason Heyward, who faced live pitching on Wednesday for the first time since having his jaw fractured in two places by a Jon Niese fastball August 21:

The Braves are still not providing a definitive timetable for Heyward. But there seems to be reason to believe Heyward could be back in Atlanta’s lineup by Monday, when the club begins its final homestand of the season against the Brewers. His return could help spark an offense that has slumbered since he suffered the unfortunate injury.

“I’ll play it by ear,” Heyward told Bowman, not wanting to commit to a certain return date. “I’m just taking it day by day now. We’ll see what happens this weekend and how I’m feeling when I get back home.”

It was assumed at the time of the injury — and subsequent facial surgery — that the 24-year-old outfielder would have to miss the remainder of the Braves’ 2013 regular season schedule, but the rehabilitation process has been seamless so far and Heyward is keeping his legs and arms in shape while his jaw heals.

Heyward was batting .253/.347/.423 with 13 home runs through 405 plate appearances this season. He’s likely to play center field when he returns, with Evan Gattis manning left field and Justin Upton in right.

  1. Shayn Roby - Sep 18, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Reblogged this on shaynroby and commented:
    Shayn Roby’s Take: Jason Heyward should add a little more pop in the lineup as he returns to the diamond from the disabled list after fracturing his jaw.

    • daveitsgood - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      Dave’s take on Shayn Roby’s take: Stating the obvious in over generalizing, obvious form.

  2. atlsportingreports - Sep 18, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Reblogged this on atlsportingreports.

  3. necr0philia - Sep 18, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Go Braves!! Nice recovery JHey!!!

  4. scdocal - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Need him badly. I want him back at 100 percent. If not take ur time and wait till ur ready but would love to get him back

    • chc4 - Sep 19, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      Take his time? The postseason starts in 10 days and he is essential to the Braves chances.

  5. Walk - Sep 19, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    That is nothing short of amazing. No way do I think I could recover as quickly as he seems to be doing, good news indeed.

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