• Despite being sidelined since July 29 with left Achilles tendinitis, Reed Johnson still ranks second in the Majors with 11 pinch-hit hits. Johnson has been able to take batting practice over the past two weeks. But he still has not reached a point where he can begin sprinting.
• Top catching prospect Christian Bethancourt was named to the 2013 Southern League Postseason All-Star team. Bethancourt entered Friday hitting .280 with 12 home runs. The offensive improvement he has shown during the season's second half have strengthened his bid to replace free-agent-to-be Brian McCann as Atlanta's starting catcher as soon as next year.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Eric Single is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.