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Jason Heyward is finally making progress in his return from injury

Los Angeles Dodgers veteran outfielder Jason Heyward is making significant progress in his recovery from his back injury. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts shared in a statement to reporters, including JP Hoornstra of Dodgers Nation, that Heyward will return to action soon, starting with swinging a bat and taking BP in the coming days.

Hoornstra shared the news via Twitter.

“He’s made some big steps in terms of being pain-free and how his body moves.”

Those ‘days to come’ were actually on Saturday. Heyward took batting practice on the field prior to Saturday’s game against the Atlanta Braves. Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register shared the news via Twitter.

This is the first time he has taken batting practice since his injury.

Heyard was cleared to begin baseball activities on Friday. He was placed on the injured list on April 3.

While this is a significant step forward for the lefty veteran, the team is taking a cautious approach. There is no clear timeline for his return, but the 34-year-old will likely move up to simulated matches if his back can handle a few rounds of batting practice.

In four games this season, Heyward is hitting .214 with zero home runs, two RBIs and a .414 OPS in 14 at-bats.

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