Braves star has emergency surgery in Denver ahead of game with Rockies

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Jason Heyward (Photo: FoxSports)

Jason Heyward (Photo: FoxSports)

(CNN) — Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward underwent successful appendectomy surgery Monday night, the team announced through Twitter.

There has been no indication about the cause that may have necessitated the emergency surgery, which took place at a Denver hospital. The Braves were scheduled to take on the Colorado Rockies Monday night, but the game was postponed due to snow.

Both teams own a 13-5 record this season and were scheduled to face off in a double header Tuesday.

It appears that the Braves slugger is going to be out a bit longer than fans would have liked thanks to his appendectomy. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the team has placed the talented youngster on the Disabled List, and expect him to be out for 2 weeks.

Though it’s unclear when Heyward will be able to return following his procedure, he will likely miss at least a handful of games. The last two major leaguers to have their appendix removed — Matt Holliday, a former Rocky now with the St. Louis Cardinals, and Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox — took nine days and six days, respectively, to return to action.

The 23-year-old, who made the All-Star team in his rookie campaign in 2010, had a down season in 2011 before rebounding last year, batting .269 with 27 home runs, 82 RBI, 93 runs and 21 stolen bases. Heyward has gotten off to a sluggish start in 2013, though, batting .121 in 17 games (58 at-bats) in the No. 2 spot in the lineup.

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