Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward is apparently making good progress in his recovery from an appendectomy. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien tweeted Sunday morning saying Heyward could be heading out on rehab in around a week:
#Braves Heyward started throwing, hitting balls off tee, etc, will travel w/ team and begin taking BP, could go on rehab in a week or so
— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) May 5, 2013
Heyward went on the DL after having his appendix taken out on April 23rd. It had been thought his return might not come until the end of May, but on Thursday the Journal-Constitution's Carroll Rogers reported that Heyward was aiming to return sooner than that:
“I hope I don’t have to wait that long,” Heyward said. “I’d be disappointed if I had to be out that long.”
Heyward has also been riding a stationary bike, walking on a treadmill and taking dry swings this week as he steps up his efforts to return to the Braves' lineup as soon as possible. The 23-year-old right fielder had been awful at the plate prior to going on the DL, hitting .121 in 58 at-bats.
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