The Atlanta Braves have placed 23-year-old star outfielder Jason Heyward on the 15-day disabled list after an appendectomy yesterday in Denver, Colorado. The surgery was successful, and Heyward’s DL stint will be retroactive to the 21st of this month. Appendectomies can be scary business, and I always cringe remembering the story of how Adrian Beltre nearly died from a “routine” appendectomy that was botched as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
But Heyward is fine, and he is expected to be out for a couple of weeks. It really depends on how he is feeling and what the Braves approach is with Heyward, and he could be out for as long as a few weeks or as little as just those 15 days (that’s what I’m thinking). On Sunday, Heyward did not feel well and was taken to the hospital when they realized that he needed to go under the knife.
Heyward has had a slow start to the season with a .121 batting average in 58 at-bats and just two home runs, but he should heat up once he comes off of the DL. It’s just a slow start for the young right fielder, and Jason Heyward should be back to top form at some point next month. For now, Reed Johnson and Jordan Schafer will split playing time at right field, and it sounds like Johnson will receive most of the workload in Heyward’s absence.