• After starting each of the three games this past weekend against the A's, Evan Gattis was given a chance to rest Monday as he enjoyed his 28th birthday. Gattis has batted .235 with a .666 OPS since returning from the back ailment that sidelined him during the first three weeks of July.
• If the Braves were thinking about activating right-hander Shae Simmons within the next day or two, they likely altered their thought as Simmons struggled in his second rehab appearance for Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday night. He surrendered two hits, issued two walks and did not record an out while allowing four earned runs. The reliever has been sidelined since July 24 with a right shoulder strain. He worked a 10-pitch scoreless inning for Gwinnett 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.