Jason Heyward Returned To Atlanta Braves Lineup Wednesday Vs. Mets

Jason Heyward will return to Atlanta tonight, batting seventh after playing in just two rehab games.

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Jason Heyward Could Return To Atlanta Braves Lineup Wednesday Vs. Mets

He's baaaaaaack!

Well, he's most likely back. And according to this story from Braves beat writer Mark Bowman, Braves Country should expect J-Hey in the lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Mets. Here's a blurb from the article:

According to a baseball source, Heyward planned to tell the Braves he was ready to play Wednesday night's game against the Mets at Turner Field. The 21-year-old right fielder will likely need to first prove he is ready by taking some swings and running in the outfield.

Heyward said multiple times he would not return to baseball until his shoulder was completely healed, and seeing as he flew up to Indianapolis just to play two Minor League rehab games, he must be feeling pretty good. With the offense struggling to consistently score runs for the past two weeks, we could really use his big bat in the lineup.

Something to keep an eye on will be where Heyward hits in the lineup. He (controversially) started the year batting sixth which drew the ire of fans everywhere, but was then moved up to second after a few weeks. The Braves offense took off after the lineup change, just as it did in 2010 with J-Hey changing his spot in the batting order. One would assume Heyward would return to the second spot in the lineup, but with Dan Uggla finally showing signs of like, does Fredi Gonzalez dare take Uggla out of a spot he's been so successful at? 


Jason Heyward Begins Rehab Assignment With Gwinnett Braves

Jason Heyward hasn't played in nearly three weeks, but he'll be making a big step towards return to Atlanta by making his first Minor League rehab start. Heyward has been reportedly taking swings and hitting balls off a tee for a few days now without any discomfort. The outfielder has already stated he won't return until his shoulder is completely healed.

According to this tweet from just moments ago from @GwinnettBraves1

BREAKING NEWS: Atlanta OF Jason Heyward on rehab...starting, playing RF and hitting 3rd in GBraves lineup for tonight's 7:05pm game @ Indy

Big news for the Atlanta Braves and their star outfielder. Despite the club hitting well in Houston, this is still an offensively challenged club and it was just a few days ago when the Braves were struggling to score more than a run or two on a nightly basis. Jason Heyward's return would be huge and he would pick up some of the slack with Martin Prado on the disabled list. 

J-Hey needs to remember to stay within himself tonight and in any other rehab games he partakes in. He hasn't played in a quite a while and will need to work out the kinks and timing issues in his swing. Don't be alarmed if he struggles in his first few games; it's all about getting comfortable and adjusted to playing baseball once again.

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