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Gattis to DL


Posted: 6/30/2014 10:47 PM

Gattis to DL 

The Atlanta Braves' struggling lineup will have to make due without catcher Evan Gattis, one of its most productive hitters this season, for an extended period of time.

The Braves' medical staff revealed MRI results showed Gattis has a bulging thoracic disc and will head to the 15-day disabled list, per a team announcement. A corresponding roster move will be announced prior to Tuesday night's game against the New York Mets.

Gattis injured the disc while swinging at a changeup against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday. The team initially diagnosed it as a right rhomboid muscle spasm and listed him as day-to-day, but MRI results revealed the injury does, at least in some way, affect the spine and is more serious than originally believed.

Gattis, 27, has arguably been the Braves' best hitter this season, hitting .290/.342/.558 with 16 home runs, which leads all MLB catchers. His 2.6 wins above replacement also ranks second in baseball among catchers with at least 200 plate appearances, trailing only Brewers star Jonathan Lucroy. Due to his production, he had moved into a cleanup role on a lineup that ranks 29th in runs scored.

Atlanta responded to Gattis' injury by calling up standout catching prospect Christian Bethancourt, who made his second career MLB start on Monday night against the Mets. Bethancourt was selected to participate in his third straight MLB Futures Game earlier this month, but it appears that he'll be helping out the big league club instead.

Backup catcher Gerald Laird will likely get the majority of the catching duties in Gattis' absence. Laird, who is in his 11th MLB season, is hitting .222/.307/.289 in 101 plate appearances this season.
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Last edited 6/30/2014 10:49 PM by WilliamJames

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Posted: 6/30/2014 11:05 PM

Re: Gattis to DL 

Not suprised at all.

But i do like seeing Bethancourt on a regular basis.
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Posted: 6/30/2014 11:36 PM

Re: Gattis to DL 

Nothing against Laird, but we need to see Bethancourt the majority of the time.

I've been banned by the power hungry mod AubVandy.
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