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Worth noting

• Jordan Schafer could be activated from the disabled list as early as Friday. Schafer, who has been sidelined since July 3 with a stress fracture in his right foot, entered Wednesday having recorded just one hit in 18 at-bats in five Minor League rehab games with Triple-A Gwinnett.

• Paul Maholm was encouraged with the spin he was able to generate while throwing his curveball during a 55-pitch bullpen session he completed on Tuesday. Maholm, who has been sidelined since July 20 with a bruised left wrist, will throw one more bullpen session and then complete a simulated game on Monday before aiming to make a rehab start with one of the organization's Minor League clubs next week.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for
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