Jason Heyward just offered a pessimistic take on his recovery

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Jason Heyward is on the 15-day disabled list following his appendectomy last week. He’s eligible to return a week from today, and based on the recovery timeline of other players who have had laparoscopic appendectomies, should have been able to return around then or a little bit thereafter. But talking to the press this afternoon, Heyward gave a much longer timeline than that:

 

No suggestion that he’s experienced any setbacks or anything, but no countervailing word from the team. For a Braves team suddenly in need of some offensive help, this is not particularly good news.

Hunter Pence appeared as guest on Bill Nye’s new show

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Bill Nye — yeah, “the science guy” — has a new show on Netflix called Bill Nye Saves the World. His show ties science to other areas such as politics, pop culture, and sports. Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was invited to appear as a guest.

Nye talked a bit about Pence and marveled at the dedication players must have to stay competitive in the sport. Nye called Pence “a cool guy” and “charming,” which is not surprising.

Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start with forearm tightness

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Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start against the Dodgers after four-plus innings due to tightness in his right forearm, the team announced. He’ll be reevaluated tomorrow. Needless to say, though, a forearm injury is very concerning. In his four innings, Miller gave up three runs on four hits and five walks with three strikeouts, raising his ERA to 4.09.

Miller, 26, has had a nightmare of a time since joining the Diamondbacks in December 2015. Last year, he made 20 starts and posted a 6.15 ERA. He suffered a finger injury suffered from scraping his hand on the pitcher’s mound with his follow-through, and he was also demoted to Triple-A during the summer as well.