Jason Heyward put on DL after appendectomy

Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward was placed on the

15-day disabled list on Tuesday after an appendectomy.

The team said late Monday that Heyward had surgery at Rose

Medical Center in Denver.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said before the opener of Tuesday’s

day-night doubleheader against Colorado that there was no set

timetable for Heyward’s return. The Braves recalled infielder Tyler

Pastornicky from Triple A Gwinnett to fill Heyward’s roster


Heyward was off to a slow start, batting .121 with two homers

and five RBIs. Still, the Braves began the day with a 13-5


”A couple of days ago when we were in Pittsburgh, he felt like

he had some stomach fires going,” Gonzalez said, ”and then it

just kept getting more localized, moving to his right side.”

After Monday night’s game was postponed due to snow and the

Braves returned to their hotel in Denver, Heyward called team

trainers and said pain in his right side had become acute.

Team physician Dr. Joe Chandler examined Heyward, and tests

revealed the problem with his appendix. Chandler accompanied

Heyward to the hospital, with the Rockies medical staff helping

smooth the admission process.

”Everything went well,” Gonzalez said. ”Dr. Chandler was here

and he did a terrific job. The doctors from the Rockies helped out

and got him into the hospital here. They got him in and got him out

(of surgery) in about 45 minutes.”

Gonzalez said he had a chance to visit with Heyward in the

hospital before coming to the ballpark.

”He was in good spirits, beat up a little bit, as you can

expect, from the surgery,” Gonzalez said. ”He’s just


Gonzalez expects Reed Johnson and Jordan Schafer will see time

in right field in Heyward’s absence. Johnson was scheduled to start

Tuesday’s opener.

Left fielder Justin Upton has played right field in the


”Justin is doing a great job in left field and why would I want

to move him back for 10-12 days? He’s getting used to that

left-field position, so we’ll just leave him there,” Gonzalez


Gonzalez said Heyward may be discharged from the hospital as

soon as Tuesday night but may remain in Denver for a day or two

before flying back to Atlanta. Heyward won’t be going with the team

when it leaves after Wednesday’s game for Detroit.