Braves activate Heyward from the disabled list

The Braves activated Jason Heyward from the disabled list and placed him in the starting lineup for Friday afternoon’s game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Heyward will return to the leadoff spot and play center field against the Cubs.  This will be his first game since his jaw was fractured by Mets left-handed pitcher Jon Niese’s fastball on Aug. 21 at Citi Field.

Heyward impressed the Braves while facing live pitching for the first time in three weeks during a batting practice session thrown by Minor Leaguer Mark Lamm on Wednesday at Nationals Park.

The Braves offense surged while Heyward hit .345 with a .418 on-base percentage in the 23 games he played after being moved to the leadoff spot on July 27.

Heyward’s activation could prove to be timely.  He has batted .333 with four homers and a 1.183 OPS in 10 career games at Wrigley Field.

2 Comments

Can we all just please agree that for the rest of the season and post season, the braves need Elliot Johnson to play second. Uggla is the ultimate rally killer, no matter now much he makes. He has 1 hr and a bunch of useless walks since his return. He has had a sever deterioration in skills and his chances are up.

Mark, So who is on the post season active 25 man roster?

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