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MLB Injury News:
The Atlanta Braves received two positive injury updates
yesterday in regards to a pair of ailing outfielders. Justin Upton, who’s been
sidelined with a bruised hand, told reporters – including Mark Bowman of MLB.com – that he expects to be back in the team’s starting lineup today.
Meanwhile, Bowman notes that Jason Heyward has been cleared to begin doing light
Upton was recently hit on the hand by a pitch, and as a
result he missed last night’s weekend opener. While he was absent from the team’s
regular lineup, he did say that he’s recovering and expects to be back today.
Justin Upton said his left hand has improved and he hopes to play tomorrow. #Braves
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) August 30, 2013
Heyward won’t be joining Upton in the Braves’ outfield this
weekend, as he’s on the disabled list with a jaw injury. After having his jaw
surgically-repaired, Heyward has recovered to the point where he’s been cleared
to do some level of light conditioning. Yesterday that consisted of 30 minutes
on the elliptical machine.
Heyward has been cleared to do some conditioning. He's doing 30 min. on the elliptical machine today.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) August 30, 2013
With a hefty 14-game lead in the National League East, the
Braves have no reason to rush Upton and Heyward back to action. Even so, it
sounds like Upton should be ready to return at some point this weekend, while
Heyward is expected back by the end of September, assuming all continues to go
well in his recovery.
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