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Heyward, Chipper ready to produce again

Updated: May 17, 2011, 5:01 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
The Atlanta Braves welcomed a pair of key lineup cogs back to the crew Tuesday as outfielder Jason Heyward and third baseman Chipper Jones were inserted into the Nos. 2 and 3 spots, respectively, in the batting order against Houston Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez. What's interesting to me, however, is just how different the expectations are for these two players, and not just from a fantasy aspect.

Heyward, a second-year player with MVP-caliber potential, was hitting .219 before succumbing to a nagging shoulder injury. He hadn't started a game in a week. But he also ranked among the top 50 in ESPN average live drafts before the season and had hit seven home runs, and it didn't seem like owners were particularly concerned. He remained owned in 100 percent of ESPN standard leagues even while missing time.

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