Braves activate Heyward and place Walden on the DL
The Braves activated Jason Heyward from the disabled list and placed him in the starting lineup for Friday night’s game against the Dodgers at Turner Field.
To create a roster space for Heyward, the Braves placed right-handed reliever Jordan Walden on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
Heyward has been sidelined since undergoing an emergency appendectomy on April 22 in Denver. The 23-year-old right fielder spent the past week playing for Triple-A Gwinnett on a Minor League rehab assignment.
After remaining relatively sedentary for the first week after the surgery, Heyward steadily regained his strength and started working himself into baseball shape. He hit .300 (6-for20) in the six games he played for Gwinnett.
Heyward batted .121 with two home runs and a .519 OPS in the 17 games he played for Atlanta before being placed on the disabled list.