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.”