A certain trend is becoming increasingly apparent in the early part of the season for Braves right-hander Kris Medlen: home runs.
Medlen has already surrendered seven home runs in 49 2/3 innings this season after allowing only six in 138 innings pitched last season.
It's a statistic that has caught Medlen's attention, especially after allowing a career-high three home runs in Sunday's loss to the Giants.
"I had nothing but my metaphorical [guts]," Medlen said after the start. "I had to sit there and battle through every pitch. You go to throw a pitch in, and it's away. You go to throw a pitch away, and it's in. Everything feels flat. I picked a very bad day to have a bad day."
He'll get the chance to redeem himself and pick up his second win of the season Saturday against the Dodgers at Turner Field.
Meanwhile, Chris Capuano will be on the hill for Los Angeles, looking for back-to-back wins in his fourth start of the season. The left-hander struck out seven over 6 1/3 innings Sunday against the Marlins, allowing one run on five hits by simplifying his approach.
"Basically, I was trying to execute my pitches and not worry about dissecting the hitters' weaknesses," he said after the game.
Capuano didn't make it out of the fifth inning in two starts before Sunday. His April 16 outing was cut short by a strained left calf after only two innings, and he allowed six runs in four-plus innings in his first start back from the disabled list on May 6.
The left-hander is 5-3 with a 2.75 ERA in 12 career appearances against the Braves, including 10 starts.
Dodgers: Injury update offers good and bad news
• Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly gave a lengthy injury update on Zack Greinke, Mark Ellis and Jerry Hairston before Friday's game against Braves.
Greinke came out of his first start after collarbone surgery doing well and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Saturday before starting Tuesday in Milwaukee. Ellis played three innings Friday for Double-A Chattanooga, grounding out in his lone at-bat, and is scheduled to play six Saturday. He could rejoin the club Sunday or Monday.
However, Hairston developed knee discomfort while rehabbing a groin strain in Arizona and "is on hold right now," Mattingly said.
Braves: Heyward returns from DL
• Confident that Jason Heyward is fully recovered from an appendectomy, the Braves activated the right fielder from the disabled list Friday and put him in the second spot of their lineup for their series opener against the Dodgers at Turner Field.
"I remember the other night, before I went to bed, I sat down and said, 'OK, I've got all my energy back,'" Heyward said. "I don't feel like I'm struggling to do anything. My mind is not wondering if I'm going to pull something. I was able to just go play and worry about baseball."
To create a roster spot for Heyward, the Braves stuck with their plan to go with a six-man bullpen, at least for a few days. However, instead of sending David Carpenter to Triple-A Gwinnett, the team placed Jordan Walden on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
Heyward finished the game 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
• Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy is scheduled to start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday. It will be the first official Minor League rehab start for Beachy, who underwent Tommy John surgery last June.
• Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire missed Friday night's game to attend the high school graduation of his son in California, but is expected to rejoin the club Saturday night. Assistant hitting coach John Valentin handled McGwire's duties.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.