• Right-handed reliever Shae Simmons began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday night. Simmons, who has been sidelined since July 24 with a right shoulder strain, will likely make at least three appearances before being activated from the disabled list and placed back in Atlanta's bullpen.
• As Phil Gosselin trotted around the bases during the sixth inning of Friday's 7-2 win over the A's, he found himself enjoying his first career home run -- one that beat the thrill of homering off Stephen Strasburg during a 2009 NCAA Regional. The Braves have come to appreciate offensive and defensive capabilities provided by the versatile Gosselin, who started at shortstop on Friday and at second base on Saturday.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.