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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Braves Injury Update: Evan Gattis has no timetable for return

By on 7/03/2014 04:30:00 PM

Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis underwent an epidural to treat the bulging disc in his thoracic spine as expected, but David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that there is no current timetable for his return. Manager Fredi Gonzalez told O'Brien that they would need to wait 3-5 days for the epidural to take effect before they can put a timetable in place:

“We won’t know when he’s coming back until, I think they told me the epidural takes three or four or five days, and then we will get a better timetable.”
Gonzalez also said that Gattis was not experiencing any pain following the injection. O'Brien notes that injuries of this nature can take anything from a few weeks to several months in recovery time. The 27-year-old went on the disabled list on Sunday with the problem.

Christian Betancourt and Gerald Laird, who has also been nursing an injury, will fill in while Gattis is out. The Braves also have part-time catcher and primary pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit on the roster but appear very reluctant to have him behind the plate, or indeed field any position, only letting him play two games at catcher all season, after he appeared in 43 behind the dish last season with the Twins. The defensive metrics certainly back up the Braves' approach: per Baseball-Reference, Doumit has been worth negative WAR defensively in every season since 2010, playing both catcher and the outfield.

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