Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Heyward Comes Back; Braves at Full Strength

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Heyward Comes Back; Braves at Full Strength

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Braves right fielder Jason Heyward was activated from the disabled list and started Friday against the Dodgers, giving manager Fredi Gonzalez his full projected lineup for the first time this season.

Heyward hit second in his first appearance since his appendix was removed April 22.

While Heyward was recovering, catcher Brian McCann returned from offseason right shoulder surgery on the Braves' 10-game trip that ended Wednesday.

"We've played 40 games and it's the first time we've had the lineup we talked about all winter," Gonzalez said.

McCann missed 30 games and Heyward missed 22 games. Heyward was hitting .121 with two homers in 17 games before the emergency surgery.

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