Jason Heyward has been cleared (from a thumb injury) to possibly take batting practice by the weekend. That may also open the door for him to participate in his first (of many) All-Star games. As the Major League Baseball season arrives at its season midpoint, Heyward provided fans with a storybook highlight by belting a 414 foot homerun in his very first big league at-bat. The stadium rocking blast came off Chicago Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano, which looking back, might have been the beginning of his demise. Nevertheless, the Braves roll on. With a healthy Heyward returning after the All-Star break, things are looking up for Atlanta in the National League East. I don't think any team is going to run off and hide from the pack, but Braves fans have to feel good about our chances to make a legitimate run for the playoffs. I don't see second baseman Martin Prado playing any better, but every other roster position player has the potential to pick his game up for the stretch run. It should be an exciting second half of the season. Go Braves!