Braves' Heyward Has Appendectomy Surgery

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 The Atlanta Braves announced Monday night that Jayson Heyward underwent successful appendectomy surgery in Denver, CO. The recovery time is 2-4 weeks, but there have been players that had the procedure and returned with 10 days in recent years. The Braves are going to play three games in the next two days, so it is seems likely that Heyward will be put on the disabled list. Reed Johnson and Jordan Schafer will most likely platoon during his absence, but don't be surprised to see Evan Gattis get an opportunity in right field. The Braves like Gattis in the lineup and with Brian McCann returning in the near future and Freddie Freeman returning today, Gattis will be without regular starts.  

 MLB News & Notes

  • Felix Hernandez earned his 100th career victory on Monday against Houston. He threw six shutout innings and racked up nine strikeouts. He experienced some minor back stiffness, but should be OK to make his next start.
  • Buster Posey belted a game-tying two-run homer off of Diamondbacks' setup man David Hernandez in Monday's comeback win. Posey seems to have found his stroke at the plate in the past couple games. After a slow start, he has six hits in his last seven games.
  • Sergio Romo picked up his first win of the season after entering a tie game in the ninth against the Diamondbacks on Monday.
  • Yoenis Cespedes (hand) took batting practice and reported that he felt good on Monday. Cespedes and the A's are optimistic that he will be able to return when he is eligible on Sunday.
  • Carlos Quentin is eligible to return from his eight-game suspension Tuesday night against the Brewers.
  • Kevin Youkilis (back) was supposed to be in the lineup on Monday night, but he was a late scratch. Yankees manager Joe Girardi indicated that Youkilis could miss more time.
  • Ernesto Frieri gave up a solo home run to A.J. Pierzynski in the ninth inning of Monday's 7-6 loss to the Rangers Frieri pitched in consecutive days and given the fact that he threw 33 pitches on Sunday, it was interesting that he would be back in there the next night.
  • Kevin Jepsen (triceps) has not yet resumed throwing but he said Monday that he "can definitely tell the difference" . The Angels bullpen is really thin right now without Jepsen, Ryan Madson, and Garrett Richards was moved to the starting rotation to fill in for Jered Weaver. Look for Jepsen to return sometime in May.
  • Johnny Cueto (lat) was able to play catch on Monday for the first time since he went on the disabled list. He was able to throw from 75 feet and the plan is for him to continue to throw each day.