While the Atlanta Braves entered the All-Star break with several injury concerns, they are hoping to have three of their top players back when the second half gets underway.
Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman could return Friday night when the visiting Braves open a three-game set against the last-place Chicago White Sox.
With Justin Upton (strained calf), B.J. Upton (strained adductor muscle), Heyward (strained hamstring) and Freeman (jammed thumb) sidelined, Atlanta's lineup appeared almost unrecognizable Sunday in an 8-4 loss to Cincinnati.
B.J. Upton was placed on the disabled list before that game, but the other three could be available Friday.
"Right now, anybody that kind of flinches a little bit or grabs something, you start getting scared," manager Fredi Gonzalez told MLB's official website. "The All-Star break, hopefully these four days, we get some guys healthy and start back against the White Sox, start going again.