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Heyward is out of the lineup Sunday against the Phillies.

Heyward has made five straight starts in right field, but will give way to Joe Terdoslavich on Sunday afternoon. With the Braves out of the playoff hunt, manager Fredi Gonzalez is simply resting several of his regulars.

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Heyward (thumb) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Pirates.

Heyward missed four games with swelling in his left thumb and was still unable to grip a bat Sunday. However, his condition has apparently improved, and he'll be back in the mix, batting fifth and playing his usual right field, against the Pirates and starter Gerrit Cole.

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Heyward (thumb) remains out of the lineup Monday against the Pirates.

Heyward was unable grip a bat Sunday due to swelling in his thumb, and will now miss his fourth straight game as a result. He remains hopeful for a return still this season, but in the meantime, Emilio Bonifacio will continue to see work in right field.

Jason Heyward CF/RF ATL 1 Month

Heyward is still unable to properly grip a bat due to swelling in his left thumb, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.

Heyward will miss his third straight game Sunday afternoon, and although manager Fredi Gonzalez noted that a Monday return was possible, the outfielder doesn't appear optimistic. After Sunday, the Braves have just seven games remaining on their schedule, but it doesn't appear that Heyward is done for 2014 just yet. He'll likely have to complete a successful batting practice session before he returns to action, however. Fantasy owners with weekly lineups may want to explore other options due to the uncertainty.

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Heyward (thumb) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mets.

Heyward will miss his third straight game as a result of a thumb ailment that has kept the right fielder out of action since Wednesday. Emilio Bonifacio will get the starting nod in his stead, as the Braves continue to take a cautious approach.

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Heyward (thumb) is out of the lineup Saturday against the Mets, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.

Heyward was reportedly available off the bench Friday as a defensive replacement or pinch hitter, but didn't contribute in either fashion. He is out of the lineup again Saturday, and the team is not inclined to rush him back with their playoff hopes gone.

Jason Heyward CF/RF ATL 1 Month

Heyward (thumb) could be used as a defensive replacement or as a pinch hitter in Friday's game, the Atlanta Journal Constitution's David O'Brien reports.

This suggests Heyward is pretty close to returning to the starting lineup. He's still considered day-to-day for now. Ryan Doumit will start in right field Friday.

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Heyward (thumb) is not in the lineup Friday.

X-rays on Heyward's left thumb were negative, but with the Braves out of the playoff hunt, Atlanta has every reason to take a cautious approach with his return to the field. Ryan Doumit will get the start in right field and Heyward should still be considered day-to-day.

Jason Heyward CF/RF ATL 1 Month

X-rays on Heyward's left thumb were returned negative, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

It's certainly encouraging news for Heyward, who was lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the eighth inning. He did acknowledge that thumb injuries have a tendency to linger, but with just a little over a week to go in the season, Heyward figures to play through it as much as he can. That said, consider him day-to-day ahead of Friday's opener against the Mets.

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Heyward left Wednesday's game against the Nationals in the eighth inning with an apparent injury, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

The team has yet to provide a reason for his removal, but Bowman suggests his thumb may have swollen up in the innings prior to his exit. Joe Terdoslavich came in to pinch hit for Heyward, who will be afforded a day of rest for whatever's ailing him, before the team resumes play Friday.