Braves right fielder Jason Heyward could be returning to the Braves’ dugout as early as Monday after undergoing an emergency appendectomy in April.

“We’ll leave it up to him,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez told the AJC. “Today he calls Walk (hitting coach Greg Walker) and says, ‘guess who I faced first time back? A knuckleballer.”

Heyward’s return would be a boost of hitting power to the Braves offense going into the team’s three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks next week.

The McDonough native has been under rehab while playing with Triple-A affiliate, the Gwinnett Braves.

During his first start, Heyward went 0-for-5 with a walk and three strikeouts.

Heyward has had a rocky start to the 2013 season thus far batting .121 (7-for-58) with two home runs, five RBI’s and a .519 OPS.

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