• Jordan Walden has been pleased with the way he has thrown during his last couple of bullpen sessions. Walden has struggled in two of the three appearances he has made since missing three weeks with a strained groin. The right-handed reliever has less than a week to give the Braves confidence that he is healthy enough to be put on the National League Division Series roster.
• Reed Johnson took live batting practice against Minor Leaguer Mark Lamm on Thursday afternoon, and he will likely be in the lineup for Friday night's game against Cliff Lee and the Phillies. This will be his first start since he strained his left Achilles on July 28. The Braves want to get a sense of where he stands with the hope that he will be available to serve as a pinch-hitter during the postseason.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.