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Monday, July 21, 2014

Braves Injury Update: Justin Upton, Evan Gattis


By on 7/21/2014 10:30:00 AM

Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis is on course for a return to the lineup on Monday night, but the team may be without Justin Upton, who left Sunday's game after being hit in the left arm by a pitch. MLB.com's Joe Morgan reports that Upton was struck by an 88mph Kyle Kendrick sinker and although he initially remained in the game, his triceps stiffened up during a rain delay, as manager Fredi Gonzalez told Morgan:
"I think the rain delay also got him, where you're sitting around and he's just trying to keep it heated up with some pads," Gonzalez said. "He came up just before the start after the rain delay, and he goes, 'Skip, it's stiff.' So, I said, 'You know what, let's not take a chance here.' I think at that point, we had a five-run lead."
The Braves are still hopeful that Upton will be in the lineup when they take on the Marlins on Monday but it will depend how the arm responds.


Gattis, meanwhile, looks set to be on the field Monday as his rehab from a bulging thoracic disc has gone well. The catcher has been on the DL since the start of the month but Morgan reports that after going 2-6 in his rehab game for Triple A Gwinnett on Sunday, the 27-year-old is expected to be in Atlanta and activated in time for the Miami game.


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