Heyward undergoes apendectomy after experiencing a few miserable days

When Jason Heyward awoke on Monday feeling some of the same discomfort that had plagued him throughout this past weekend’s series in Pittsburgh, he visited the team’s physician Dr. Joe Chandler in his room at the Braves’ hotel in Denver.

It proved to be a wise decision.

Per Chandler’s instructions, Heyward arrived at a Denver area hospital to undergo successful laparascopic appendectomy surgery before his appendix burst.

Heyward will likely be placed on the disabled list on Tuesday with the expectation that he could return to Atlanta’s lineup in two weeks.   The DL move would be made retroactive to Sunday, setting May 5 as his earliest potential activation date.

With backup outfielders Reed Johnson and Jordan Schafer already  on the roster, the Braves could fill Heyward’s roster spot with utility infielder Tyler Pastornicky, who has hit .351 with six doubles and a home run through his first 18 games with Triple-A Gwinnett this year.

Pastornicky has never played the outfield at the professional level.  But his athleticism would allow him to play one of the three outfield positions in an emergency situation.

If the Braves promote Pastornicky, Schafer and Johnson could see most of the playing time in right field.  The Braves also would have the option of moving Justin Upton from left field to right field.

Evan Gattis could play left field if necessary.  But it seems doubtful that the Braves would ask the 26-year-old catcher to try to play left field during their current three-game series at cavernous Coors Field.

Heyward has batted .121 with a .519 OPS through the first 17 games he has played with Atlanta this season.  He went 1-for-11 with three strikeouts during this past weekend’s series against the Pirates.

5 Comments

Nothing like a few losses to clear out this blog. Phillies fans owe a debt of gratitude to Frank Wren for saving Ruin Tomorrow Junior from himself by signing BJ Upton to the lucrative contract to which Wren signed him.

Said the sub .500 3rd place frilly fan. And those totals are the best they’ve had all season. How pathetic. Maybe you could talk about attendance again, Weinus.

As much as Phillies attendance has fallen, it has not yet fallen to the Braves Line which is to attendance what the Mendoza Line is to batting average. And, speaking of Mendoza Line, isn’t this where the Braves team BA currently resides, the Mendoza Line? The Atlanta Exacta – a combination of the Braves Line and the Mendoza Line. And, BillyBob, thank you for following my posts over several blogs. You are the definition of a true fan.

Hey, look who’s here after a bad road trip… at least he’s predictable haha. You have enough on your plate over there, no need to worry about us. I appreciate the concern though… it’s touching.

alert to Braves front office we need a lead off hitter and real bad if that means making a big time deal for one then do it

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