Jason Heyward CF/RF ATL 5 Days

Heyward is not in the lineup Saturday in Cincinnati.

While Heyward hasn't hit for much power this season, advanced metrics rank him as one of the best outfielders in baseball, so he's rarely out of the lineup. Emilio Bonifacio will get the rare start in right field Saturday.

Jason Heyward CF/RF ATL 6 Days

Heyward went 2-for-4 with a walk, RBI and pair of runs scored in Thursday's 8-0 win at Cincinnati.

Heyward was recently mired in a 1-for-12 slump, but he's gone 8-for-17 with six runs and six RBI in his last four games. He's been hitting leadoff for over a week now, so it looks like he'll stick there, meaning less RBI opportunities, but more chances to score runs.

Jason Heyward CF/RF ATL 9 Days

Heyward went 3-for-4 with one home run and two RBI Monday against the Pirates.

Heyward was 1-for-12 in his last three games entering Monday, so this outburst was a welcome sight for his fantasy owners. He hasn't provided much power this season as he only has two home runs since June 16th and 10 on the season overall.

Jason Heyward CF/RF ATL 14 Days

Heyward will return to the leadoff spot Wednesday and manager Fredi Gonzalez said he intends to use him there for a while, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Gonzalez has mercifully pulled the plug on B.J. Upton in the leadoff spot, allowing Heyward to return to the top spot after two months or so in the five-hole. Tommy La Stella is out of the lineup Wednesday but Gonzalez said he will likely be moved down in the order starting Thursday, so as to not have three lefty bats in a row atop the order. Heyward has hit .254/.334/.384 with eight homers from the leadoff spot this season.

Jason Heyward CF/RF ATL 24 Days

Heyward went 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored as he fell just a homer shy of the cycle in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Padres.

Jason Heyward CF/RF ATL 28 Days

Jason Heyward (back) is expected to be out of the Braves lineup until Friday at the earliest.

His back soreness has kept him out of two straight games, and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he'll likely give Heyward another day off Thursday to get right. "We talked about it today and he's still not feeling well," Gonzalez said of Heyward. "If he comes in tomorrow and he's not feeling well, I'm not doing it, I'm not running him in there." Even with the days off, a DL stint doesn't appear to be in the cards for Heyward at this point.

Jason Heyward CF/RF ATL 29 Days

Jason Heyward (back) is expected to return to the Braves' lineup on Wednesday or Thursday.

Heyward left Monday's game with lower back soreness and is sitting out on Tuesday, but it appears it's just a minor issue. Ryan Doumit is getting the start in right field Tuesday.

Jason Heyward CF/RF ATL 1 Month

Jason Heyward left Monday afternoon's series finale against the Padres with lower back soreness.

Heyward grounded out to first base in the bottom of the second inning in his only at-bat of the game. Ryan Doumit replaced him in right field. Heyward is day-to-day.

Jason Heyward CF/RF ATL 1 Month

Jason Heyward went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Phillies.

Heyward had a solo homer off A.J. Burnett in the second inning and later added an RBI single in the fifth inning. He now has four straight multi-hit games. This has largely been an up-and-down season for the 24-year-old, but he's capable of big things when he's right.

Jason Heyward CF/RF ATL 2 Months

Jason Heyward went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two stolen bases in Tuesday's loss to the Mets.

Heyward had been struggling in recent days, but he managed to make his presence felt at the plate and on the basepaths Tuesday. The three-hit day was his first in over a month, and he hadn't stolen a base since May. It's been a disappointing first half for the 24-year-old, who's batting .247/.338/.366 overall.