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Evan Gattis headed to disabled list with bulging thoracic disc in his back

Jun 30, 2014, 11:01 PM EDT

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Bad news for the Braves this evening, as the team has announced that Evan Gattis is headed to the disabled list with a bulging thoracic disc in his back.

There’s no clear timetable for Gattis’ return. He’s scheduled to receive an epidural to treat the injury, so more should be known depending on how he responds. With Gattis sidelined, rookie Christian Bethancourt figures to get an extended look behind the plate.

Losing Gattis is a tough blow to Atlanta’s offense, as he’s batting .290/.342/.558 with 16 home runs and 39 RBI over 63 games this season. The 27-year-old leads all MLB catchers in home runs.

  1. darman55 - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Ugh. I don’t know what a bulging thoracic disc is, but my back is hurting just reading about it. Good luck to you getting healed.

    • Old Gator - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      Upper back. And it’s no fun – my cousin had this. Fortunately, treatable in most cases.

      Gattis is one of my favorite grown-up fairy tale characters, even though he plays for a division rival of the Feesh and has been making them look like Charlie Tuna ever since he appeared so magically out of the minors to torment their sorry cloacas. Take care of yourself, big guy, and come back soon.

  2. renaado - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Hope to see you back there on the field El oso blanco.

    • Old Gator - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:53 AM

      One of these days, you’re gonna have to explain to me how this guy got named after a stewed veal shank.

      • renaado - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:04 AM

        LOL Gator! It means “The white bear”.

  3. shyts7 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Big loss for the Braves. Gattis is one of the top offensive catchers in the bigs. Hopefully he is able to be back by just after the all star break at the very least.

  4. stlouis1baseball - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    That’s gotta’ be an incredibly large thoracic disc.

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