• Evan Gattis was back in the Braves' lineup as the starting catcher for Friday's series opener against the Cubs. Gonzalez has alternated his catchers every other game through the early portion of the season. He will continue to do so on Saturday when veteran Gerald Laird will be behind the plate to catch rookie Julio Teheran.
• J.R. Graham and Alex Wood are going to garner a lot of attention while serving in Double-A Mississippi's starting rotation at the start of the season. But the Braves are also intrigued by Aaron Northcraft, who struck out eight and allowed two hits in six scoreless innings during Mississippi's Opening Day win over Mobile on Thursday night.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.