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Evan Gattis cleared to begin rehab assignment

Jul 16, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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Braves catcher Evan Gattis, who almost surely would have made the All-Star team if not for being on the disabled list with a bulging disk in his back, has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday at Triple-A.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that the plan is for Gattis to play designated hitter Thursday and spend at least 3-4 games at Triple-A overall before potentially coming off the disabled list next week.

Gattis has been out since June 27. He was having a huge year before the injury, hitting .290 with 16 homers and a .900 OPS in 63 games. Among all players with at least 50 games at catcher this season only Devin Mesoraco of the Reds has a higher slugging percentage or OPS than Gattis, who’s homered 37 times through his first 168 career games after debuting as a 26-year-old last season.

  1. renaado - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    El Oso Blanco! Hope seein you back with the Braves soon.

  2. shyts7 - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Great story. Great guy. Can’t wait until he is back with the Braves.

  3. apeville - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Would love to catch him at some AAA games- get well soon Oso.

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