MLB Injury Updates: Jason Heyward, Shane Victorino, Chris Capuano

Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Heyward, Shane Victorino, and Chris Capuano all have updated time frames on their return from injury.

Another month for Heyward?

Atlanta Braves' right fielder Jason Heyward says that he hopes to return by the end of May at the latest, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Heyward had an appendectomy on April 22 and has been on the disabled list since.

That take seems very pessimistic on Heyward's part. He is eligible to be activated in seven days, and players who have had appendectomies in the past have returned much quicker than the time frame Heyward has laid out. Matt Holliday missed just nine days after undergoing the procedure in 2011. The same year, it took Adam Dunn six days to recover from the surgery. If Heyward is out until May 31, he will have missed almost 40 days.

It seems prudent to believe Heyward will be back sooner than he believes. Heyward has hit just .121 this season with a .519 OPS.

Victorino Back Very Soon

Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino is expected to return to the lineup at some point during the team's upcoming series against the Toronto Blue Jays, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.

Victorino has not played since last Wednesday, when he was lifted from the game in the bottom of the 7th inning after he aggravated a lower back injury he has been battling. Manager John Farrell had previously said that Victorino would not be back in the lineup until he is "symptom free". Victorino has been slowly feeling better with each passing day.

Victorino signed a three year, $39 million deal with Boston as a free agent in the offseason. He has gotten on base at a .358 clip, but only has two extra base hits to his name so far in 2013.

Capuano to return in a week

Los Angeles Dodgers' starting pitcher Chris Capuano will make a rehab start in Triple-A on Wednesday. That puts him on track to be activated on either Monday or Tuesday of next week, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. He has been on the disabled list with a strained calf since April 16.

Capuano will rejoin the starting staff on his return. Matt Magill is the likely player to be removed from the rotation. He was impressive in his major league debut, holding the Milwaukee Brewers to just four hits and two runs over 6.2 innings and striking out seven. He could find a place in the Dodgers bullpen if they want to keep him in the majors.

Capuano has pitched a total of 4.2 innings this season between two relief appearances and one start. The start was his latest outing before going on the disabled list. He gave up all five earned runs that have scored against him in 2013 during that start.

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