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Evan Gattis could stay with Braves when Brian McCann returns

Apr 28, 2013, 11:10 PM EST

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Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is leaning towards carrying three catchers when Brian McCann is set to return to the Braves’ 25-man roster in a little over a week, according to David O’Brien. Gonzalez says Gattis “hasn’t given us any reason [to send him down]”, and also shockingly suggested he may use Gattis in the outfield while Jason Heyward recovers from his emergency appendectomy.

If McCann comes off the DL before Heyward, Gonzalez hinted that he could play Gattis some in left field and move Justin Upton from left field to right.

“But who goes down?” to open a spot on the 25-man roster for McCann, Gonzalez asked rhetorically. “But that’s nine, 10 days down the road.”

Though Gattis is only hitting .235 with a .293 on-base percentage, 11 of his 16 hits have gone for extra bases — five doubles and six home runs. He has logged 37 games in the outfield in the Minors, mostly with Double-A Mississippi, though his defense is certainly a big concern for the Braves as they contemplate finding a spot for him in the lineup.

  1. ame123 - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    I cant wait to see the catcher controversy if McCann gets off to a bad start. This is his walk year, he’ll be PISSED if they bench or even platoon him.

  2. ame123 - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Also, looks like pitching has caught up to Gattis. Everyone has seen the Strasburg homer, nobody giving him anything high and fast.

  3. alexo0 - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Not sure why this is an issue. He’s been integral to the team so far.

    #Gattitude!

  4. hittfamily - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    His trade value would be very difficult to calculate. The guy has come out of nowhere, but his power is legit. He certainly isn’t worth 1 of any clubs top 5 prospects. But the Braves wouldn’t trade him unless they could get 1 of a team’s top 5 prospects. Perhaps it is just best to move McCann now that they have a cheap replacement.

  5. Darkoestrada - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Why wouldn’t they just get rid of laird?

    • hasbeen5 - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      Because it’s Fredi Gonzalez.

    • bolweevils2 - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      Because then you don’t dare actually use Gattis and leave yourself with no backup catcher.

  6. freeagentjm - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    It’s too early in the season for McCann trade talks. Gattis hasn’t gone through his rookie slump yet

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