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David O'Brien

Gattis (strained quad) misses 4th game, but progressing

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Before missing his fourth game since straining his right quadriceps, catcher Evan Gattis tested the leg by catching Ervin Santana’s bullpen session and taking part in pregame baserunning drills. He got through the work without incident.

“I didn’t have any problem at all catching,” Gattis said. “And I didn’t think I would. I strained it running, so I think running is the biggest thing. I was going to shut it down if I felt anything (during the baserunning). I didn’t feel anything, but I also wasn’t pushing it. I wasn’t going full speed.

“I’ll probably do the same thing tomorrow, then probably try to play Monday.”

Gattis hurt the leg while running to score from first base on Dan Uggla’s triple Monday against the Astros. He stayed in for another at-bat and legged out a double, then came out of the game and hasn’t played since. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said they were just being cautious, and Gattis said if the injury occurred midseason he’d probably have played through it.

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