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Heyward takes batting practice for first time since injury

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Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (22) is hit in the face by a pitch from New York Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese (not pictured) and is tended to by Mets catcher John Buck (44) and home plate umpire Greg Gibson (53) during the sixth inning of a game at Citi Field. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

WXIA --For the first time in three weeks, Braves' outfielder Jason Heyward was on the field with his teammates participating in pregame activities.

PHOTO GALLERY| Heyward at batting practice

It was a 90-mph fastball from Mets' pitcher Jonathon Niese that sidelined Heyward after it hit him in the face, fracturing his jaw in two places.

On Monday, braces and a restrictive band were removed from his mouth.

Four days later, as the Braves prepared to take on the San Diego Padres at Turner Field, he was there taking batting practice for the first time since his injury. 

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While in the batting cage, Heyward wore a protective mouth guard that was attached to his helmet.

On hand to watch the right fielder hit were Braves' President John Schuerholz, General Manager Frank Wren and manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Heyward also participated in running and throwing drills. 

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