Left-hander Paul Maholm played some catch for the fifth time in six days Wednesday with the hope that he can throw off the mound in a light bullpen session sometime this weekend.

He’s eligible to come off the DL Monday and the earliest he would return to the mound is when his rotation spot comes up again Aug. 10 against Miami. But even then he would have been off for 20 days.

“We’ll see how he throws this weekend on the side and see what he needs after that” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “My thinking is he may need (to throw) some BP or a sim(ulated) game or maybe even a couple of innings in a rehab start before we run him back out there to face live major league hitters.”