Hello there, and happy Jason Heyward Bobblehead night….which is going to be a pretty good way to punctuate his return from the disabled list.

Update: The Braves announced this afternoon that Heyward had been activated from the disabled list and is in the starting lineup for the first time since May 19. Freeman is out of the lineup as the Braves are going to play it cautious with his strained right oblique. (Lineup: 1. Schafer CF, 2. Uggla 2B, 3. McCann C, 4. Jones 3B, 5. Hinske 1B, 6. Gonzalez SS, 7. Heyward RF, 8. Mather LF, 9. Hudson P.)

Heyward told a person close to him this morning that he's feeling good and ready to return to the lineup. After two minor league rehab games with Triple-A Gwinnett up in Indianapolis, Heyward traveled back to Atlanta today. Heyward will likely take batting practice before the Braves make a final decision on activating him but he told this person his shoulder is feeling as good as it's felt in a long time and he's "ready to get back to the office."

Heyward might normally have played another game or two for Gwinnett, but the G-Braves are off today and return home for a long homestand.

Heyward went 1-for-6 with a double, a walk and a strikeout in two games on his minor league rehab assignment. He has progressed surprisingly fast after picking up a bat for the first time in almost three weeks on Friday. After two days of hitting off a tee or taking soft toss, he took batting practice on Sunday and felt good enough to get in some games. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has said they're going to leave it entirely up to Heyward and how he feels.

Heyward hasn't started a game since May 19 in Anaheim, the day before his shoulder flared up again in batting practice. He'd only been back in the lineup for three games after limited or no action in the six games prior as he let a cortisone shot and rest take effect.

It's strange to say this, but the Braves .226 average from the right field position is the worst in the National League. Overall as an outfield, the Braves are 14th out of 16 teams in the NL with a .249 batting average from their outfield positions. Their 77 RBIs from outfielders is tied for 15th with the Pirates….About the only consolation there is that the Phillies outfielders are the worst in the National League with a .246 average.