Not a fun Monday for Braves fans. First, their teams game gets snowed out in Denver. Then early-Tuesday morning news that star outfielder Jason Heyward had an appendectomy tonight.
OF Jason Heyward underwent successful appendectomy surgery Monday night (April 22). Procedure performed at Rose Medical Center in Denver.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) April 23, 2013
No word yet if the successful surgery will land Heyward on the disabled list, but Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday had the surgery in 2011 after his Opening Day game on April 1st and was back in the St. Louis lineup on April 10th. Holliday spent no time on the DL. The typical recovery time is in the 2-3 week range. The Braves could save a roster move by giving Heyward a full 15 days off, with first baseman Freddie Freeman returning to the lineup for the doubleheader on Tuesday. A DL stint would keep Heyward out past the Braves next series with division rivals the Nationals and Mets. He would be likely to return for a 10-game road trip at Cincinnati, San Francisco, and Arizona.
UPDATE: Jason Heyward has been put on the 15-day DL and the Braves recalled Tyler Pastornicky.
-Bryan Mapes (@IAmMapes)