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Heyward sent to Gwinnett for rehab

Jason Heyward 

Jason Heyward 

Jason Heyward returned to the Gwinnett Braves for the first time since their inaugural season in Georgia on Monday.

Rehabbing from pesky right shoulder soreness, the all-star outfielder started for Gwinnett at Pittsburgh’s Class AAA affiliate Indianapolis in right field, going 1-for-3 with a double, a run and a walk.

Major league rehab assignments can last as long as 20 days for non-pitchers, meaning Heyward will most likely be on the G-Braves roster when they return home Thursday to begin a four-game series with division rival Durham.

On the disabled list since May 23, Heyward was hitting .214 for Atlanta with seven home runs and 14 runs batted in. In his three games with the G-Braves at the end of 2009, Heyward hit .364 with two RBIs and three runs scored.