Heyward returns from DL, gets start in center

By Mark Bowman / 9/20/2013 11:15 A.M. ET

CHICAGO -- The Braves activated Jason Heyward from the disabled list and placed him in the starting lineup for Friday afternoon's game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Heyward will return to the leadoff spot and play center field against the Cubs. This will be his first game since his jaw was fractured by Mets left-handed pitcher Jon Niese's fastball on Aug. 21 at Citi Field.
Heyward impressed the Braves while facing live pitching for the first time in three weeks during a batting-practice session thrown by Minor Leaguer Mark Lamm on Wednesday at Nationals Park.
The Braves' offense surged while Heyward hit .345 with a .418 on-base percentage in the 23 games he played after being moved to the leadoff spot on July 27.
Heyward's activation could prove to be timely. He has batted .333 with four homers and a 1.183 OPS in 10 career games at Wrigley Field.