Worth noting

• Jed Lowrie, nursing a fractured right index finger back to health, is back to playing catch with ease and could begin a rehab assignment as soon as this weekend.

Nick Punto (strained right hamstring) is a little behind Lowrie, according to Melvin, and is still having trouble running at full speed.

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