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Jason Heyward had an appendectomy

Atlanta Braves Photo Day

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - FEBRUARY 20: Outfielder Jason Heyward #22 of the Atlanta Braves poses for a photo during photo day at Champion Stadium at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World on February 20, 2013 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

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The Braves’ right fielder is gonna take some time off after having an emergency appendectomy last night in Denver. No other details apart from the fact of the surgery were released by the team.

A couple of players have had in-season appendectomies relatively recently: Matt Holliday and Adam Dunn. Holliday missed about ten games, Dunn six. Holliday was fine, Dunn took some time to get his groove, such as it is, back. They do these things laproscopically now, so it’s not terribly invasive.

And frankly, Heyward could use a break as he’s been struggling something fierce at the plate. No word on how long he’ll be out, but I’d assume the Braves will DL him and let Evan Gattis play some left field while Heyward recuperates.