Braves outfielder Jason Heyward was activated from the DL and will bat leadoff on Friday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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.