Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Heyward's DL stint
By Jason A. Churchill
The Atlanta Braves announced Monday that right fielder Jason Heyward underwent an appendectomy, suggesting he could miss a week or so. The Braves will miss his presence in the lineup in the short-term, despite a poor start statistically. Who who will take his place in the lineup?
The club could go with a combination of Reed Johnson and Jordan Schafer, and since Heyward will be out 15 days to recover, the Braves could summon Jose Costanza from Triple-A Gwinnett. Costanza is the lone outfielder in Gwinnett that is on the 40-man roster.
It does not appear that the return of catcher Brian McCann will be a factor, as he's not expected to start his rehab until later this week -- and it's not likely to be a short rehab process. The idea is that the return of McCann would free up Evan Gattis, who has experience in the outfield in the minors, to help out in Heyward's absence, and keep his bat in the lineup.
Refresher on Heyward
"Heyward’s DL stint is not a fantasy killer. He wasn’t hitting anyway, so now instead of thinking about benching him, you have no choice. Good. Don’t drop him or sell him for John Buck. Heyward remains a top-10 outfielder. I’d add Schafer in deep mixed leagues; he stole 27 bases last year, and while it’s his only fantasy relevant skill, he’ll see more playing time than the right-handed hitting Johnson, and could steal a decent number of bases in three weeks."