Andre Ethier will have his fractured right tibia re-examined on Friday to check the healing progress.
Ethier was injured six weeks ago when he fouled a ball off his shin during a spring training game. He's still using crutches to get around and isn't expected back until June.
Cameron Maybin (wrists, shoulder) will resume a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Friday.
Maybin is working his way back from a hairline fracture in his right wrist and has had two setbacks when he was hit by a pitch on his left wrist and also when he hurt his shoulder on a dive. He's been alternating between playing center field and serving as a designated hitter, and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus indicated Maybin still isn't totally comfortable when throwing. "The bigger concern is being able to throw," Ausmus said. "He’s gotta play the field." Maybin will DH on Friday.
Mallex Smith is not in the Braves' lineup Friday.
He's getting a day off with the Cubs throwing lefty Jon Lester. Drew Stubbs is in center field and batting eighth.
Jason Motte (shoulder) threw a bullpen session on Tuesday.
Motte is working his way back from a strained right shoulder and appears to be making progress. It seems like he should be ready to begin a rehab assignment before long.
Miguel Castro (shoulder) threw 25 pitches on flat ground Wednesday.
Castro has missed the last week with shoulder inflammation, but he's eligible to return on Monday and could be back by then or shortly after. "I was a little afraid about the injury at first," Castro said, "but now that I have been throwing, and it's been feeling better, I feel good."