Posted: 2:09 pm Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Gattis (quad strain) scratched from Braves lineup 

By David O'Brien

 

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The good news about Evan Gattis’ sore right quadriceps muscle was that it wasn’t strained near his surgically repaired knee, and the Braves catcher said he could’ve played if Wednesday’s game had been a regular-season contest.

Gattis was scratched from the lineup for the Grapefruit League game against the Yankees with what was diagnosed as a mild right quad strain. He said it was at the top of the muscle, while pointing to a spot near the hip.

“Could have played today, just scared of (hitting) a swinging bunt and then trying to bust it to first,” said Gattis, who hurt the leg during Monday’s game against the Astros. “I noticed it (while) scoring from first on Dan (Uggla’s)’s triple. The cat grabbed me a little bit. I did run out a double after that, so I don’t think it’s too bad.”

Gattis had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in October to remove a bone chip that had bothered him sporadically for years. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was careful not to push Gattis too much in the first month of spring training, and didn’t catch him in consecutive games until last week.

“He kind of tweaked it a little bit,” Gonzalez said of the quad strain. “I don’t want to take a chance with it. So we scratched him.”

He plans to have Gattis start about 100-110 games at catcher this season, now that Brian McCann is a Yankee and Gattis is the Braves’ primary catcher. He could also get a limited number of starts at first base and possibly a few in left field, if needed. But mostly, Gonzalez wants to have Gattis pinch-hitting or resting if he’s not catching.

Gattis is 9-for-40 (.225) with four doubles and a homer in 13 games this spring, and has 10 strikeouts with no walks.

 

7 comments
BradleyBreeze
BradleyBreeze

Lets hope that Gattis doesn't struggle after he comes back from the quad strain like he did last year after he came back after straining his quad!

Teddy_B
Teddy_B

I don't even know how to take it that Gattis had his knee worked on. I've had two knee surgeries in my life and I was pretty well crippled up after the first one which involved repairing a shredded up meniscus. The knee surgery on my other knee was a breeze and I could have pretty much walked out of the surgery center if I was allowed. The only thing that really sucks is all the fluids they leave in your knee from blowing up your knee joint so that they can take a look around, it was the size of a personal water mellon the day after surgery but it goes down pretty quickly depending on what all they had to fix. 


Gattis just seems a bit young to be having knee trouble, hope he doesn't start catching B-Mac disease where he's always needing some kind of work done. Good luck, Evan hope you feel better.


GO BRAVES!

BravoDawg
BravoDawg

Rotation of Tehran Minor Santana Wood not too bad IF Uggla & BJ step it up will make up for some of the pitching losses C'mon guys Lets Go Bravos!

DrPhill
DrPhill

Gattis must have a good season behind the plate if the Braves expect to be around in October.  There is something wrong with the conditioning program, or lack of it, with all of these injuries.

liberal4life
liberal4life

I hope we can get done with all injury bugs in spring.  We seemed to have had so many mid-summer key injuries the last few years...

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

It's ok - that's why we added a third catcher in the offseason. Let's all relax and quit saying the Braves spent all their Brian McCann money on Uggla and BJ Upton!

SaveAmericaFromItself
SaveAmericaFromItself

"He kind of tweaked it a little bit,” Gonzalez said of the quad strain. “I don’t want to take a chance with it. So we scratched him. He plans to have Gattis start about 100-110 games at catcher this season"   - DOB

110 games? His bat needs to start at least 140 games