Heyward says recovery going in 'right direction'

September 14, 2013 ATLANTA (AP) -- Jason Heyward says his recovery is "going in the right direction" after taking batting practice for the second straight day.

Heyward is wearing a protective flap on his helmet and a mouthpiece as protection for his surgically-repaired jaw, which was fractured when he was hit by a pitch from the Mets' Jonathon Niese on Aug. 21.

The outfielder showed more power in his swings before Atlanta's game against San Diego on Saturday than he did on Friday. He pulled a pitch high off the right-field foul pole for a homer.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez says Heyward could be sent to the Braves' Instructional League in Florida next week. The Braves hope to have Heyward back with the team and playing right field before the end of the regular season.


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