MILWAUKEE — The Braves have gone five consecutive games without Jason Heyward in the lineup, but the rookie slugger expected to be back starting in right field Tuesday.
Heyward said his injured right groin has gotten better each day and he tested it with full batting practice and fielding drills prior to Monday’s game. Barring any unexpected setback, he said he should be good to go Tuesday.
“We’ll see how he does, how he runs,” Cox said before batting practice Monday.
Before Monday the Braves were 1-4 without Heyward in the lineup this season.
After missing the past four games, he still ranked among National League leaders with eight home runs and 26 RBIs before Monday. No other Braves player had more than two homers, and Heyward had as many RBIs as Chipper Jones, Brian McCann and Yunel Escobar combined.
Cox said Escobar, who’s been on the DL with a strained groin, should be ready Saturday, the day he’s eligible to be activated.