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Heyward will probably come off the DL Friday for the Dodger series

Heyward will probably come off the DL Friday for the Dodger series

Tomorrow Brandon Beachy will pitch two innings in extended spring training, and then make his first minor league start on Sunday for the AAA Gwinnett Braves.  Hopefully Beachy’s rehab will progress without setback, as a healthy Brandon Beachy would be a huge shot in the arm for the Braves.

Before the game tonight Martin Prado said that he’s very appreciative of the support that Braves fans gave him, both before and after the trade.  Lot of Braves fans in the online forums and social media networks expressed outrage when Prado was traded.

Justin Upton winning the April Player of the Month and Chris Johnson hitting over .300, has quieted most of that talk.  Plus, Prado is currently hitting only .223, with a .272 OBP.

Prado isn’t the only ex-Brave playing for the Diamondbacks.  Left-handed hitting utility man, Eric Hinske, also plays for Arizona.  Not surprised that Hinske is hitting only .200, with a .250 OBP.  His bat looked slow last season and slow bats are like bad knees.  They don’t get better, they just get older.

Jason Heyward will probably come off the disabled list on Friday, in time to start the home stand against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Be interesting where Fredi hits him in the line-up, particularly against right-handed pitching.  Schafer has done a great job leading off and Simmons is turning into a prototypical number two hitter.  So where does that leave Jason?

Finally, Jonny Venters is scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews on Thursday.  Another Tommy John surgery is reportedly a real possibility.

About Jim Hart

Jim has covered the Atlanta Braves since 2008 for local and national broadcast news organizations. He also appears regularly talking Braves baseball on WCCP-FM in Clemson, South Carolina, and the ESPN Radio affiliate, 1420 Sports in St. Augustine, Florida.

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