Philadelphia – Jason Heyward is progressing well in the physical therapy on his left thumb and is on track to begin taking batting practice this weekend, Braves general manager Frank Wren said Wednesday.
Heyward will take one more day to work with the physical therapist and then either join the Braves in New York or possibly take some batting practice in Gwinnett starting on Friday.
Wren said the decision will come down to logistics and whether the Braves can have medical staff in place in Gwinnett who are familiar with Heyward’s case, or if the Braves want him working in New York with Braves trainers.
“It’s going well, he feels good and that’s a good sign,” Wren said.
Heyward still has a chance to play in Tuesday’s All-Star game depending on how he progresses through the weekend.
Nate McLouth started his minor league rehabilitation stint in Gwinnett Thursday and his first assignment was to stay out in the dugout during Gwinnett’s day game and get acclimated to the heat. That’s been the last hurdle in McLouth’s recovery from a June 9 concussion, getting over some dizziness he’s experienced in the heat.
Wren said McLouth’s next step would be to go full speed during batting practice on Thursday, and if all goes well get in a game on Friday.
“Power shagging, going at it hard throughout bp, push him to do things he’s going to do in a game, so symptoms don’t come back,” Wren said of the plan for Thursday. “So far so good.”