Heyward hopes to rejoin Braves Thursday

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jason Heyward took batting practice with the National League All-Stars on Monday and Tuesday, and hopes to play Thursday against Milwaukee in the Braves’ first game after the break. He has been on the disabled list with a thumb injury.

“It felt good,” said the Braves’ rookie right fielder said. “I just want to get back to feeling consistent and comfortable.”

He has been recovering from a bone bruise in his left thumb and last batted in a game June 25. He wore a cast six days, then spent five days doing stretching and strengthening exercises before taking batting practice Saturday at Triple-A Gwinnett and for two days in Anaheim.

Heyward, 20, was voted a starter for the NL team, but wasn’t active for the game because of the injury.

The Braves haven’t said whether they will request that Heyward play in a minor league game or two before activating him from the DL, but indicated previously that it probably would be up to him.

“If they don’t ask me to, then I don’t want to” play rehab games, he said. “I would like to play Thursday against Milwaukee. Obviously we have to go with whatever they’re comfortable with.”

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David

July 13th, 2010
9:57 pm

No rehab start, just play him!!!

extremus

July 13th, 2010
10:10 pm

As long as he’s not experiencing any more discomfort, I say let him back in. He and possibly Glaus are the Braves’ only true power threats right now, with apologies to McCann and Chipper. I’d say that if any Braves hit 25 or more home runs this season, Heyward may well be the guy to do it. We could sure use that potential run production behind Prado once more.

Captain Lou Albano

July 13th, 2010
10:26 pm

Dood Mac’s got 10 home runs. He’s hitting ‘em as well as any of the Braves right now. But yeah Heyward come back and Glaus stop slumping bweigh!

Serbok

July 13th, 2010
11:11 pm

B-MAC!!!! All star Mvp!!!!
WTG Brin!! :-)
Now???!! I want to hear an announcer saying~now batting? The Man who Gave the NL Homefield advantage in THIS World Serious!!

LOL!!
Go Bravo’s!

Serbok

July 13th, 2010
11:18 pm

* Brian*
Sure wuda been nice IF??? Mannual~wudda let Huddy pick up the save?
Instead~ We get Wainwright? and Now??? B-Macs~ all star mvp trophy is at risk:-(

BC wudnt even had blown this one!!!?
I give BC credit tho!!
Hismanaging has gotten Soooo much better~Since he Quit picking his nose on camera!
That was sooo disgusting!!

Serbok

July 13th, 2010
11:32 pm

Well~ I blew the Huddy comment?
BUT? I never said i was perfect?
lol

Boatdoc

July 14th, 2010
12:01 am

Yep, woulda loved to see Huddy get the save along with McCann’s MVP. Interesting piece on ESPN: Jerry Crasnick gives a list of the 20 All-Stars with the most All-Star appeal, in a list he says he obtain consulting the All-Stars themselves.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/allstar10/columns/story?columnist=crasnick_jerry&id=5374785

Most of the names are guys you’d expect: Jeter, Pujols, etc, but Jason Heyward is ranked 16th, ahead of Hanley Ramirez, Vlad, Miggy Cabrera (who might win the AL Triple Crown THIS year!) and Tulowitzki.

Not bad for a 20 year old rookie who didn’t even play in the game…

wayn-o

July 14th, 2010
1:20 am

Anyone else wonder why the AL didn’t have a pinch runner for Ortiz? oh well, thanks!

jadarm

July 14th, 2010
2:01 am

Wayn-O

I guess the AL needs a DR in addition to the DH…

Thank God Papi WAS running the bases!

jadarm

July 14th, 2010
2:02 am

btw, baseball’s highest paid player didn’t even get an AB from his own manager….I luv it!!!

Willy

July 14th, 2010
6:46 am

Isn’t there a way we can bat him 1st, 2nd and 3rd?

Coach D

July 14th, 2010
7:58 am

Wayn-o. Was just waiting for the pinch-runner to come in for him! Man! Did Marlon Byrd (A Marietta kid) throw that ball!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

July 14th, 2010
8:13 am

bring him back- need some power back in the lineup and put him in the 7th spot for now.

GaDawg

July 14th, 2010
9:36 am

Would love to have the post game exchange between A-Rod and his manager!

Chip Shot

July 14th, 2010
10:00 am

Hopefully Mclouth comes back strong, if he can regain any form he once had we’d be hard to beat. will he be back Thursday DOB?

Braves Fan Since "80

July 14th, 2010
10:32 am

If he is ready why not….. not like he has been out two months…. I am sure he is going to see some live pitching first

Ralph

July 14th, 2010
11:27 am

I think he need several rehab games before return as I am not convinced that his thumb was his only problem.

Bryan G.

July 14th, 2010
12:07 pm

I don’t think a rehab game or two will hurt him. He probably needs to get his timing back

Mr. Wizard

July 14th, 2010
2:55 pm

After the Escobar trade, next moves need to be good riddance to milk dud & McOut. We can have a platoon of Diaz/Hinske in left, Infante in center, & Hayward in right with Blanco as a late inning defensive replacement. No need to trade young pitching for a bat.

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TLH678

July 15th, 2010
7:37 am

I don’t know about ya’ll but wouldn’t it be tight if the Braves won the World Series. That would be an awesome farewell for Bobby Cox.. I’m ready for the second half to begin now. Welcome back Heyward.

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