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Worth noting

• Outfielder Jordan Schafer was in line to lead off for the fifth consecutive game before he was scratched from Friday night's lineup while still dealing with soreness from fouling a pitch off his ankle in Wednesday night's loss to Kansas City. Schafer is expected to be available for the rest of this weekend's series against the D-backs.

"He took that foul tip off the top of his foot or the ankle, so hopefully better and better every day," Gonzalez said. "He'd be the first guy you'd have to pinch-run for."

• The Braves are hoping Brandon Beachy will throw a bullpen session at some point during this week-long homestand. No timetable has been set for Beachy's resumption of a rehab assignment or any potential return to the rotation.

"He's playing catch, so we're just taking our time with him, making sure everything gets on the up-and-up," Gonzalez said.

• Reliever Luis Ayala turned in a scoreless seventh inning in his fourth rehab appearance for Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday night, giving up a hit and striking out the final batter he faced while displaying what the Braves considered to be the best stuff he's had throughout his Minor League assignment. Ayala has been on the 15-day disabled list with an anxiety disorder since April 30.

Eric Single is an associate reporter for
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