Aug 12, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (22) walks through the dugout during a rain delay before the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Could Atlanta Braves Outfielder Jason Heyward Return Soon?

Jason Heyward has been out since August 21th after he was struck in the face by a Jonathan Niese fastball that broke his jaw.  In the next few days, Heyward had surgery to insert two metal plates in his face.  We’ve seen JHey hanging out inside the dugout recently cheering on his teammates.  Word broke last week that he was cleared to begin hitting off a tee and throwing.

Aug 14, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (22) (right) shakes hands with third base coach Brian Snitker (51) after hitting a lead off home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Great news for our 24-year-old star!  Even better news broke on Friday though….

Heyward had an appointment with doctors on Friday and reports are that news about his recovery are more promising than thought.  He has a follow up appointment Monday that will help clarify how soon he can rejoin the Braves, and reports are in that he could rejoin as soon as next week.

“I don’t have any expectations,” Fredi Gonzalez said.  “The report was he looked good.  There is a chance he’ll rejoin us on Monday or Tuesday in Miami.  I don’t know how much hitting we want him to do [without supervision].  Off the tee is fine, maybe some cardio, but I really don’t know.”

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez went on to say the young outfielder will need to see game action before rejoining the team.  Instructional League begins Sept. 16 and games start one week later, which could be perfect timing.

Jason knows Braves Nation is out there and loves the support we are giving him in his recovery.  Lets keep it up because we need him in October!

Reading through a few of the many “Get Well Soon” cards sent by so many ppl. Thank you for your time



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