Heyward was operated on Thursday by Dr. Glenn Maron, who attached plates to fractures on the side of his jaw and chin.
“They did not wire it shut, which is a good thing, because he can get food in him,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “By not being wired shut, he can keep his weight on.”
When Heyward is ready for baseball activities, he’ll play in instructional league games in Florida. Minor league affiliates will have concluded their seasons, so a rehab assignment won’t be possible.
Gonzalez plans to use Jordan Schafer in the leadoff spot whenever he’s in the lineup. Schafer has platooned recently with center fielder B.J. Upton, but Schafer can play any outfield position. Switch-hitting rookie Joey Terdoslavich also is expected to get some starts in left field and perhaps in right.
The Braves hope that others can help pick up the slack caused by Heyward’s absence. Second baseman Dan Uggla, who’s been recovering from laser eye surgery, is scheduled to play a rehab game or two next week and be activated Wednesday.
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