Jason Heyward has felt so good the last two days in a minor league rehabilitation stint, he didn't need to take batting practice Wednesday to prove it to Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. Just a conversation. It consisted of about four works: "Are you ready?" and "Yes." Heyward was activated from the disabled list and returned to the Braves lineup for the first time in nearly a month – since May 19 in Anaheim. He said his inflamed right shoulder is much improved after three weeks of rest and just 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 rehabilitation 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 the first three days he started swinging again, but that was just normal soreness from getting started again and it went away within hours. Overall, he's said his right shoulder feels much better. "Am I 100 percent?" Heyward said. "I'm ready to play a baseball game and I don't feel like I'm doing any damage to myself. I feel like I'm ready to be productive."
Heyward says he feels "pain-free" in return to Braves lineup
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Jun 16