The Braves decided to put their usual right fielder at the position to get a better feel for Heyward's ability to play in center field.
"It was cool," he said. "I love center field, and I love playing the outfield."
Heyward has played in center field before, as he was also asked to play the position in high school and in the Minors.
"We had a split-squad [game], so it was just putting somebody else out there that may play the position throughout the year," he said.