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Worth noting

• Left-handed reliever Luis Avilan was available to pitch in Sunday afternoon's series finale against the Pirates. This marked the first time Avilan was available since he suffered a slight left hamstring strain and cramping during the ninth inning of Tuesday's win over the Royals.

• Second baseman Dan Uggla exited Saturday night's loss to the Pirates with a left calf strain. But Uggla was walking without discomfort on Sunday. While there is a chance he could play on Monday, it seems more likely that he will not return to the lineup before Tuesday.

• Gonzalez said Brian McCann has impressed members of the organization with the arm strength he has displayed recently. McCann, who is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, was slowed recently by a sore right wrist. But he is expected to begin catching in extended spring games this week.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for
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