clear
Friday May 22nd, 2015 7:36AM

Braves C Gattis on 15-day DL with strained oblique

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves have placed catcher Evan Gattis on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique.

The Braves announced the move before Tuesday's doubleheader against the New York Mets. Infielder Tyler Pastornicky was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Gattis injured himself on his final at-bat of a 2-1 victory over the Mets on Monday night. Brian McCann was on deck to pinch hit when Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer to win the game in the ninth inning.

The 26-year-old Gattis has been one of baseball's most surprising players. He earned a backup job in spring training as a non-roster player and quickly increased his role with a penchant for dramatic homers.

He is second on the Braves in homers (14) and RBIs (37) while batting .252.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Gattis suffered the injury swinging and that the Braves will miss the flexibility of having three catchers available.

"Hopefully we caught it early enough, kind of calm that down," Gonzalez said, adding that according to head trainer Jeff Porter, "usually, if you're a right-handed hitter, the right side, it's better than the left side, as far as it's not as severe."

Gonzalez said he saw Gattis Tuesday morning "and they were poking on him and he was hurt."

Gattis told Gonzalez that he was OK throwing and after he injured himself during his at-bat, he didn't swing any more.

"I thought it was his shoulder," Gonzalez said. "You know how he does that funky thing with his bat. But he came back in and he said it was his oblique. I said, `Are you sure it's not a little prick in your paw, big bear?'"
© Copyright 2015 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Bartus, Icemen shuts out Gwinnett
Garrett Bartus pitched a 42 save shutout, as the Evansville IceMen topped the Gwinnett Gladiators on a New year
10:23PM ( 1 year ago )
Gator Bowl Preview Capsule
A rematch of last year's Capital One Bowl, which Georgia won 45-31 in Orlando.
8:52PM ( 1 year ago )
Millsap's 34 leads Hawks past Celtics
Paul Millsap had season highs with 34 points and 15 rebounds as the Hawks rallied from an 18-point deficit for a 92-91 win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday afternoon.
7:44PM ( 1 year ago )
Sports
Falcons fire offensive, defensive line coaches
The Atlanta Falcons have fired defensive line coach Ray Hamilton and offensive line coaches Pat Hill and Paul Dunn.
7:02PM ( 1 year ago )
Best, worst of Falcons' 4-12 season
Best Game: They'd been eliminated from playoff contention previous week vs. New Orleans, but the Falcons showed some heart with Dec. 1 overtime victory over Bills in Toronto.
6:21PM ( 1 year ago )
Gonzalez's career ends with another Falcons loss
Tony Gonzalez is ready for the next chapter of his life.
9:47PM ( 1 year ago )
Professional Sports
VIDEO: Gainesville baseball rides chemistry, momentum into championship series
For years, the Gainesville baseball team gazed at the outfield wall at Ivey-Watson Field -- adorned with seven state championship banners -- and wondered when the next might come.
5:01PM ( 9 hours from now )
Buford-Whitewater: Who has the experience in epic AAAA title showdown?
If experience is king in the playoffs, then is perhaps Buford, the No. 1 team in Class AAAA and considered by many to be the class of the entire state -- and ranked in the top 10 nationally -- the underdog in Saturday’s championship series against Whitewater?
1:10PM ( 5 hours from now )
Banged-up Hawks, Cavaliers adjust for Friday's Game 2
While the Atlanta Hawks try to figure out who will guard LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers are just grateful the four-time MVP is still standing.
10:40PM ( 8 hours ago )
Braves take advantage of Smith's pine tar ejection for win
Julio Teheran pitched seven strong innings and the Atlanta Braves took advantage of Milwaukee reliever Will Smith's seventh-inning ejection for allegedly using pine tar in a 10-1 victory Thursday night.
10:38PM ( 8 hours ago )
Baseball: 'Amazing' season not done yet
It has been perhaps the most amazing baseball season in northeast Georgia history. If anyone can show us proof otherwise, we’d like to see it...
2:02PM ( 17 hours ago )