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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Braves Injury Update: Evan Gattis diagnosed with kidney stone

By on 9/18/2014 10:15:00 AM

Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis, who has not played since September 7, was diagnosed with a kidney stone exacerbated by the strep throat he has been fighting, reports Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Atlanta has lost 5 of 6, pretty much dropping them out of contention for a Wild Card. Rookie Christian Bethancourt caught all those games, providing solid defence but going 5 for 23 (.217) with no extra base hits or walks.

Although Gattis has not passed the kidney stone, manager Fredi Gonzalez he could play with it when he recovers from the strep throat.

Evan Gattis
Prior to falling ill, the 27-year-old Gattis hit .270/.325/.507 (OPS+ 129) with 22 homers and 52 RBI in 102 games. He was on the DL from June 29-July 21 with a bulging thoracic disc.

Gattis, 27, was one of the surprises of the 2013 season for Atlanta, as they tried to make room for a non-roster invitee who hit 21 homers when they already had Brian McCann at catcher and Freddie Freeman at first base. He played left field sporadically until McCann went down with an injury. When McCann was healthy, Gattis sat on the bench, becoming a late-inning threat as he went 6 for 10 with four homers, three walks and 11 RBI as a pinch hitter. After the 2013 season McCann left in free agency and Gattis became Atlanta's primary catcher.

Althugh a star high school player, Gattis battled drugs and depression for several years before returning to college baseball in 2010 and being drafted by Atlanta (23rd round). He was called "El Oso Blanco" (the white bear) by fans in Venezuela, where he played winter ball in 2012. Gattis is pre-arb and under team control through 2018.

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