Jason Heyward hoping to rejoin lineup tomorrow

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Jason Heyward sat out games Sunday and Monday because of shin splints, but was able to take batting practice this morning and manager Bobby Cox indicated that he could return to the lineup as soon as tomorrow.
Prior to the shin splints Heyward had the Grapefruit League buzzing by going 17-for-49 (.347) with several cars smashed by monstrous home runs to win the Braves’ right field job (and Craig Calcaterra’s heart) at age 20 and with all of 50 games above Single-A.
For more on the best position player prospect in baseball, check out my “What kind of damage can Jason Heyward do as a 20-year-old rookie?” analysis from last week.

Giancarlo Stanton to begin rehab assignment tonight

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Giancarlo Stanton will begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with High-A Tampa. That according to the team’s Tweet to that effect.

Stanton has been on the injured list since April 1 due to a left biceps strain and a left shoulder strain sustained in what Aaron Boone called a “funky swing” at the time. Figure he’ll need a week or so of minor league games to get back to playing speed.

At the time Stanton’s injury seemed to be a catastrophic thing for the team’s chances, but after a sluggish start the Yankees have been on fire for weeks and now sit in first place in the American League East.

Still, getting Stanton back will be a big boost for the New York lineup. He’s hit a few homers in his time, I hear.