Worth noting

Worth noting

Paul Maholm threw an extended bullpen session before Friday's game in an attempt to simulate three or four innings of live action, the latest step in his return from a left wrist contusion.

"It's not a sim game, but it's a long bullpen," Maholm said. "Kind of doing up-and-downs just to get used to sitting around like an inning."

The team planned to see how Maholm responded from the session before setting a possible date for him to make a Minor League rehab start.

• Right fielder Jason Heyward celebrated his 24th birthday on Friday.

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