Heyward wasn't expected back until next week from a broken jaw that sidelined him for a month. He will play center field and bat in the leadoff spot Friday against the Chicago Cubs.
Heyward was hitting the ball well at the time he got hurt. He was batting .366 with five home runs and 15 RBI in the last 21 games that he suited up for Atlanta.
LEMIRE: MLB Power Rankings: Nationals back in top 10 after five-month absence; Red Sox stay No. 1 The Braves are close to wrapping up the National League East, coming into this weekend with a magic number of two.