WASHINGTON -- If the Braves had been in a desperate position, shortstop Alex Gonzalez likely would have been back in their lineup for Saturday afternoon's game against the Nationals.
But with a three-game lead in the National League Wild Card race and five games to play, Gonzalez was given another day to rest.
Gonzalez felt just a little discomfort as he tested his strained right calf while running in the outfield at Nationals Park on Saturday morning. It appeared the Braves will be prepared to put him back in the lineup for Sunday's series finale.
Gonzalez has been sidelined since exiting Tuesday night's win over the Marlins with the calf strain he suffered a few days earlier. The ailment did not affect him at the plate -- he has batted .467 with three homers in his past eight games.