The Atlanta Braves could receive a boost to their line up thanks to the potential return of right fielder Jason Heyward. The 23-year-old underwent an emergency appendectomy last month and he is hoping to return to the Braves line up as early as Monday. Heyward underwent his first rehab start with Triple-A Gwinnett.
According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Heyward went 0-for-5 with a walk and three strikeouts today during the start.
Heyward will remain in the minors throughout the weekend.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said that Monday is the day to watch when the team starts their three-game series with the Diamondbacks in Arizona.
“We’ll leave it up to him,” said Gonzalez, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Today he calls Walk (hitting coach Greg Walker) and says, ‘guess who I faced first time back? A knuckleballer.’”
Heyward was less than stellar to begin the season, batting .121 (7-for-58) with two home runs, five RBI and a .519 OPS before the emergency.
As soon as Heyward makes his way back to the line up, he can work on finding his swing and provide a boost to the Braves offense.