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Heyward not done yet

News and notes from Tuesday in the minor leagues

Updated: September 2, 2009, 11:26 AM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

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Jason Heyward, OF, Braves (Double-A Mississippi)
Tuesday's stats: 3-for-4, 2 RBIs, K, SB
When Heyward bruised his heel last week, it was a day-to-day injury, but there was some thought that it would cost him what little was left of the minor league season. Instead, it only cost him a week, and his return to the lineup Tuesday night was a rousing success as he laced three singles and drove in a pair of runs. One of Bobby Cox's favorite players this spring, and for good reason, he'll get a legitimate look next spring for the Opening Day right-field job.

Living out of a suitcase

Dan Hudson, RHP, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte)
Tuesday's stats: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
Hudson lasted only three innings Tuesday night but it was for all the right reasons, as after the White Sox raised the white flag earlier in the week, they decided to give Hudson the call. It's easily one of the most improbable rises of the year, as the 150th overall pick began the year at Low-A Kannapolis while slowly working up the ladder, spending time with every full-season affiliate in the system. This year's minor league breakout pitcher of the year, Hudson has incurred quite a few moving expenses, but it's been well worth it, as his fifth team of the year is the ultimate goal.

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