Worth noting

Worth noting

• Paul Maholm played light catch for the second straight day on Saturday, but the veteran left-hander is still in the early stages of returning from a left-wrist contusion that forced his early exit from his July 20 start in Chicago.

Maholm was slotted to head to the 15-day disabled list on Thursday while left-hander Alex Wood took his place in the rotation, but Tim Hudson's season-ending injury the night before eliminated the need for a roster move. Maholm could still hit the DL in a few days when the Braves activate a starter for Monday night's game.

• Wood came through his start last Thursday free from any of the issues with the cuticle of his left index finger that plagued him in his first Major League start on June 18. A callous on the finger that had developed from the way Wood holds his curveball softened during the rookie's time in the bullpen, leading the cuticle to cut and bleed during Wood's return to a starting role at the time.

Wood said on Saturday that he threw plenty of curveballs during the bullpen sessions sandwiched around his start last week with Triple-A Gwinnett before returning to the mound for his second Major League start. He threw 90 pitches over 4 1/3 innings, striking out five and allowing eight hits in the Braves' 7-4 loss.

• Jordan Schafer ran on the outside edge of the infield before Saturday's game after encouraging results from his straight-line running the day before. Meanwhile, B.J. Upton took a couple of sprints to first base out of the batter's box, testing the effect of acceleration on his strained right adductor muscle.

Eric Single is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.