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24 Evan Gattis C
Height/Weight: 6-4/260 | Birthdate: 8/18/1986 | Birthplace: Dallas, TX | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Atlanta | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 96/14 | Average Draft Position: 130.74
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When Evan Gattis returns, Christian Bethancourt to head down


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Wednesday that the team has no plans to move Evan Gattis to a different position when he returns, meaning Christian Bethancourt will likely be sent back to the minors when Gattis is activated, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

An excellent defensive catcher, Bethancourt has hit .281/.324/.313 in 32 at-bats over eight games since joining the Braves. There was speculation the team could be entertaining a positional shift of Gattis even before his back injury. However, it appears the Braves will stick with Gattis behind the plate and let Bethancourt continue to develop at the Triple-A level.


Evan Gattis could catch bullpens this weekend


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis could be cleared to catch bullpen sessions this weekend, according to MLB.com.

That's the hope, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez. Gattis has been sidelined due to a back injury. The team has not put a timetable on his return just yet. He was hitting .290/.342/.558 over 224 at-bats prior to the injury. 


Manager: Evan Gattis won't be off DL right after All-Star break


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Fredi Gonzalez has revealed that Braves catcher Evan Gattis will likely be out beyond the return of the team from the All-Star break, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

A back injury is still preventing Gattis from resuming baseball activities. The injury halted a fine season for Gattis, who had compiled a stat line of .290/.342/.558.


Evan Gattis unsure of when he will return from DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis (back) said Sunday he has not yet been cleared to run, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Gattis added he's unsure of when he will return from the disabled list.

Evan Gattis receives epidural injection


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) As planned, Braves catcher Evan Gattis had an epidural for the bulging disc in his thoracic spine on Tuesday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday. Gattis was placed on the disabled list Monday and remains without a timetable. He owned a .290/.342/.558 slash line with 16 home runs and 39 RBI in 224 at-bats before landing on the DL.

Braves not entertaining idea of moving Evan Gattis to OF


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he "has never even entertained the idea" of catcher Evan Gattis (back) returning as an outfielder once he comes off the disabled list, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Bulging thoracic disc to send Evan Gattis to disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis will be placed on the disabled list after Monday's MRI revealed a bulging thoracic disc, the team announced.

Gattis will be scheduled to receive an epidural to help his injured back. The team will make a corresponding roster move prior to Tuesday's game. Gattis has hit .290/.342/.558 with 16 home runs and 39 RBI in 224 at-bats.


Evan Gattis still sidelined with back injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis was sidelined again Monday against the Mets due to a back injury, missing a fourth straight start. Christian Bethancourt was behind the plate Monday for Atlanta.

Evan Gattis set for MRI after weekend series


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis missed both games of Saturday's doubleheader against the Phillies due to a back injury, as he opted to receive treatment through the day instead.

The Braves called up a catcher from the minors and the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports they plan to keep him around for a few days, to see if Gattis' back can heal without a trip to the disabled list. He had X-rays taken on the back, but they came back negative as the team believes it is a muscular issue. He will have an MRI taken when the team returns to Atlanta.  


Evan Gattis needs a breather Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis was not in the team's starting lineup Saturday against the Phillies.

Gattis had to leave Friday's game in the first inning due to back spasms. Gerald Laird will fill in as the team's starting catcher Saturday. Through 224 at-bats, Gattis is hitting .290/.342/.558.


Evan Gattis leaves with muscle spasms


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis was forced out of Friday's game against the Phillies in the first inning, due to back spasms.

The team announced Gattis' absence after he left the game following his first at-bat. He is officially day to day moving forward. 


Julio Teheran wants Evan Gattis behind plate for his starts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Although it was evident Saturday that Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran and catcher Evan Gattis were having communication issues, Teheran reiterated Sunday he wants Gattis behind the plate for his starts, per MLB.com.

"I know sometimes [Gattis] feels bad," Teheran said on Sunday. "I just talked to him and said, 'Don't feel bad,' I've got a lot of pitches that I've got to make and sometimes I want to show them what I have … But we've been doing a great job together. Even yesterday, I had 10 [strikeouts]. It's good."


Regression may not be so steep for Evan Gattis


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/16/2014) Over his last 16 games, as his Fantasy owners well know, Evan Gattis has been a one-man wrecking crew, batting .417 (25 for 60) with seven home runs and a 1.286 OPS.

Before then, he was batting .240, which seemed not so out of character given his poor plate discipline and inconsistent playing time. So I was sure this hot streak, as welcome as it's been, was too good to be true and that he was bound to regress in the days ahead.

But now I'm ... less sure.

Which isn't to say I think he'll hit .297 all season, but the main stat used to appraise batting average happens to work in his favor. He entered Monday with a .313 BABIP, which isn't far off from the league average of .300. How is that possible with his poor plate discipline? An especially high percentage of his hits are home runs, which don't count toward his batting average on balls in play, keeping it low relative to his overall batting average.

So won't his batting average fall when he stops hitting so many home runs? I guess so, but judging by his 21 homers in 354 at-bats last year, I don't think his current pace is excessive. Say he "slumps" to .275 or so. With all the home runs he hits, he's still a top-five catcher.

Especially if more at-bats are indeed in his future with his rumored move to left field.


Braves considering making changes to lineup?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) With Braves catcher prospect Christian Bethancourt on a roll offensively at Triple-A Gwinnett, Atlanta has started toying with the idea of shaking up their lineup, according to MLB.com.

The lineups moves would include moving catcher Evan Gattis to left field, Justin Upton to right field, Jason Heyward to center field and struggling outfielder B.J. Upton to the bench. The lineup changes would create an opening for Bethancourt to start at catcher.

Bethancourt has always been lauded for his defense, but the 22-year-old catcher is beginning to improve offensively. He is batting .312 with a .764 OPS in his last 37 games at Triple-A.

"We're hearing [Bethancourt] right now," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We're paying attention."


Evan Gattis clubs 15th home run Saturday vs. Angels


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis went 3 for 5 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 11-6 loss to the Angels Saturday.

Gattis scored his team's first run of the game with his eighth-inning home run, and the offense was able to spark a rally in the ninth inning and send the game into extra innings, where they would ultimately lose. The catcher has hit .293/.345/.591 with 15 home runs and 35 RBI in 181 at-bats.


Evan Gattis belts 14th home run Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis belted his 14th home run Friday against the Angels. 

In the bottom of the first inning, Gattis stepped to the plate with two men on. On the fourth pitch of the at-bat, Gattis hit a 91 mph fastball out to left for the three-run shot. He also singled later in the game. Gattis finished 2 for 4, with one run and three RBI.

Gattis is hitting .284/.335/.574 over 176 at-bats.


Evan Gattis set to sit in Colorado


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis will have no chance to extend his 12-game hitting streak Thursday unless he comes off the bench. He is out of the lineup for the afternoon game in Colorado.

Gattis has 18 hits, including five home runs, in 47 at-bats during his tear.


Evan Gattis scores four times


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis went 3 for 4 with a walk, a homer, two RBI and four runs scored in a 13-10 win over the Rockies on Tuesday. Gattis' solo shot traveled 416 feet to left. Gattis is batting .280/.330/.565 with 13 homers and 31 RBI.

Evan Gattis on pace to catch 106 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said during spring training Evan Gattis would catch about 100-110 games, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Gattis has caught 40 of 61 games through Sunday, putting him on pace to catch 106 games.

Evan Gattis homers in second straight game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis continues his strong run Tuesday against the Mariners, as he homered for the second game in a row in a 7-5 loss.

Gattis slugged a three-run home run in the first inning of the loss, one of two hits he had. He went 2 for 3 in the game, and added a walk and a strikeout later in the game.

Gattis now has four home runs over his last six games, raising his total for the season to 12. He is hitting .260/.314/.548 in 146 at-bats. 


Evan Gattis hits game-winning home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis hit a big home run Sunday against the Marlins.

With one man on and the game tied in the ninth inning, Gattis clobbered a 90 mph sinker out to center for the two-run shot. It was the first home run allowed by Steve Cishek this season. The Braves wound up holding onto the lead in the bottom of the inning. Gattis finished 1 for 4, with one run and two RBI.


Braves give Evan Gattis day off


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis has been given the Saturday game off in Miami. Veteran Gerald Laird is set to take his place.

Gattis has a four-game hitting streak and an impressive slugging percentage of .511. He has 15 extra-base hits, including 10 home runs, in 139 at-bats.


Evan Gattis added to lineup Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) The Braves released an updated starting lineup Wednesday afternoon, with catcher Evan Gattis slotted in the fifth spot of the lineup for his team's game against the Red Sox.

Gattis was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a wrist strain, and the Braves decided to go ahead and play him after batting practice, despite the catcher saying that his wrist was "kind of red, swelled up a little" and that he "might have popped a blood vessel or something" in batting practice, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constituion.


Evan Gattis sidelined against Red Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis is set to sit Wednesday in Boston with a wrist injury that forced him out of the game Tuesday. Gerald Laird will start at that position with fellow catcher Ryan Doumit serving as the designated hitter.

After x-rays on the wrist came back negative, Fredi Gonzalez reported that he's not expecting Gattis to be out long.


X-rays negative, Evan Gattis could return quickly


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis had X-rays taken on his right wrist, after he was forced to miss Tuesday's game with an injury.

Gattis appears to have dodged a serious injury, as manager Fredi Gonzalez told the Atlanta Journal Constitution the X-ray came back negative. He expects to have Gattis back in the lineup in a day or two, meaning he could return for one or both of the final two games of the series against the Red Sox.