Braves outfielder Jason Heyward is back in the lineup after missing six games with a right hamstring injury, and starting pitcher Paul Maholm has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a bruised left wrist.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has Heyward batting second and playing center field Monday night against the New York Mets.
Usually a right fielder, Heyward shifted to center for his first game since July 11 because B.J. Upton is on the DL with a muscle strain in his right leg. Upton ran for the first time since his injury. Still, Gonzalez said Upton won't be ready to come off the DL when he is eligible this weekend.
Heyward was on a hot streak before he was hurt, hitting .290 (42 for 145) with five homers and 13 RBIs in 36 games since June 3.
''Really happy I didn't have to go on the DL. Happy it healed like it has,'' Heyward said, ''and now I can get back to helping my team out.''
Gonzalez was comfortable putting Heyward in center because he said the 6-foot-5 23-...