Even though Jason Heyward has said his injured right shoulder is feeling better, he is still a few days away from hitting off a tee, and it will probably be another week before he sees the field for the Atlanta Braves.
Heyward was eligible to come off the disabled list yesterday, but the nagging inflammation in his shoulder that started in Spring Training has kept him out of action since May 22, when he made just three starts after missing six starts from May 11-16.
“He’s reported that he’s feeling a lot better, so that’s a good sign,” Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez said.
Nate McLouth was also eligible to come off the DL yesterday from a strained oblique, but he has been hitting off a tee and should be taking batting practice in the next few days.
Gonzalez said McLouth is closer to a full recovery than Heyward.
Heyward and McLouth have both been rehabbing in the Braves’ Spring Training Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. After showing they have recovered in Minor League rehab starts, they could return sometime next week.
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