HOUSTON — The Braves got encouraging news Friday when right fielder Jason Heyward hit off a tee and did other “baseball activities” without discomfort in his right shoulder.
He’s been on the disabled list since since May 22 with inflammation of the labrum in his non-throwing shoulder, and has rehabbed and worked out more than a week at the team’s training complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
But Friday was the first time he swung a bat in nearly three weeks.
The Braves will wait to see how he feels Saturday before ramping up his rehab schedule. Within a few days he could possibly take batting practice and hit in extended-spring training games in Florida, but the Braves won’t bring him back until Heyward feels he’s healthy.
Center fielder Nate McLouth (strained oblique) will return from the DL sooner, barring any unexpected developments. McLouth has begun taking batting practice and will hit in simulated-game conditions against DL’d pitche Brandon Beachy this weekend in Florida.
Beachy is also recovering from a strained oblique and could return to the Braves’ rotation later this month, if his continues his steady progress when he pitches in simulated games and rehab starts in the next two weeks.