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RHP Cristian Martinez, a reliever who has been out since the first week of the season, had shoulder surgery Monday. He is out for the year. He had a 3.63 ERA in 100 appearances with the Braves the past two years.

RHP Brandon Beachy, who has been out since June 13 due to inflammation in his surgically repaired elbow, returned to the mound Tuesday night in his first rehab stint at Triple-A. In three innings, Beachy allowed three hits, one walk and two runs, taking the loss against former Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens, who was cut by Atlanta and is now in the Orioles' minor-league chain. Beachy threw 45 pitches and struck out one.

RHP Tim Hudson starts Thursday as the Braves return home to face the Reds. Hudson is 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA against the Reds, although he has not faced them this year.

3B Chris Johnson, who started the year in a platoon with Juan Francisco, has quietly had a very good season. Francisco was traded five weeks ago, and that has no doubt helped Johnson relax and become more comfortable in his position. The son of a coach -- Ron Johnson is the manager for the Baltimore Orioles' Triple-A team -- Chris has shown great patience batting in the eight-hole, where hitters often get pitched around. He is batting .335 on the season and .409 during his current 11-game hit streak. Defensively, though, he made a fielding error for the second straight game Wednesday.

CF B.J. Upton, who has struggled all season, said after Tuesday's 2-for-3 performance that he is starting to see the ball a lot better. That would be great news for Braves fans, who have watched Upton under-deliver this year with a .179 batting average that is the worst in the big leagues among regulars. On Wednesday, he went 1-for-4.

LHP Paul Maholm, who pitched seven shutout innings earlier this season against the Marlins, was not nearly as good Wednesday. He lasted just 4 1/3 innings and 103 pitches -- just 54 of them for strikes. He allowed seven hits, five walks and four runs. Most of the trouble he had was in the first inning, when all four runs scored. But his control was off all game long, including three walks after the first inning. He is 4-6 with a 5.37 ERA on the road this season.

OF Jordan Schafer, who is eligible to come off the disabled list July 19, said his bruised ankle feels better. He has been given permission to do light running and could return by July 19 or soon thereafter.

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