Laird (back) served as a designated hitter in Saturday's game and said afterward that his back no longer bothers him, MLB.com reports. "I knew it was going to be a week, and then I'd be ready to go," he said. "I feel great right now. There's no problem. It doesn't feel like it's going to happen again. It's one of those things that happens, and then it's over. It released, did its thing and now I'm ready to go."
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez praised Schlosser after he threw two scoreless innings in Monday's loss to the Mets, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "Schlosser was really, really impressive," Gonzalez said. "Every time you run him out there, he does a hell of a job and all of a sudden, you (start to think)."
Upton (sore right side) could play as soon as Friday, MLB.com reports. "It's early, and I'm going to get plenty of at-bats," Upton said. "So there is no reason to push it. We'll see what tomorrow brings and the next day. If I feel better, I am in there."