• Catcher Evan Gattis sat out his third straight game as he recovers from a virus that caused him to be a late scratch prior to Tuesday night's game. Gattis took batting practice outside on Thursday and Gonzalez said Gattis would be available to pinch-hit. He should be back behind the plate this weekend.
• Infielder Tyler Pastornicky also harbors hopes of being back by the weekend. Pastornicky, who has been slowed by a calf strain and has been unavailable since Saturday, appeared headed for a fairly quick return, but he suffered a setback taking ground balls on Monday. He took ground balls, ran in the outfield and took BP prior to Thursday's game.
"It's kind of frustrating because you feel like you're ready and you know you have to do what they're saying so you don't hurt it again," Pastornicky said. "I'm just trying to do everything they tell me to do."
Jon Cooper is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.