Jason Heyward felt so good Monday and Tuesday in a minor-league rehabilitation stint that he didn't need batting practice Wednesday to prove it to Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. Just a conversation.

It consisted of four words: "Are you ready?" and "Yes."

Heyward was activated from the disabled list and returned to the Braves' lineup for the first time since May 19 in Anaheim. He said his inflamed right shoulder is much improved after three weeks of rest and five days of working his way back into the feel of swinging a bat.

"I feel pain-free and able to make adjustments when I need to," said Heyward, who went 1-for-6 with a double and a walk in two games for Triple-A Gwinnett. "... To cover the whole plate and take the same swing and not try to doctor it to what I feel like I need. [Before] I wasn't able to use it the right way, but now it feels a lot more loose. There's a lot less pressure in it. It feels like it should."

Heyward said he had some soreness in his shoulder the first three days he started swinging again, but said the pain went away within hours. Overall, he's said his right shoulder feels much better.