Posted: Wednesday, July 16th 2014 at 10:36pm
Evan Gattis to begin rehab with Gwinnett
By staff reports
LAWRENCEVILLE -– The Atlanta Braves have announced that catcher Evan Gattis will join the Gwinnett Braves on a minor league injury rehab assignment. Gattis is expected to make his first start with the G-Braves on Thursday, a 6:35 p.m. game against the Durham Bulls at Coolray Field.
Gattis, 27, has been on Atlanta’s 15-day disabled list since June 29 with a bulging thoracic disc. Prior to suffering the injury on June 27 at Philadelphia, he batted .290 (65-for-224) with 10 doubles, one triple, 16 home runs, 29 runs scored and 39 RBIs in 63 games with the Braves. He posted a career-best 20-game hitting streak from May 25 to June 21, batting .386 (32-for-83) in that span.
Gattis joins Gwinnett for the third time in his career. He spent two brief stints with the Triple-A affiliate in 2013, including two games on a rehab assignment from July 12-13 (strained right oblique) and three games after being optioned to the club on August 31. He batted .333 (7-for-21) with a home run and one RBI in five total contests.
Atlanta’s 23rd round selection in the 2010 June free agent draft out of the University of Texas-Permian Basin (Odessa, Texas), Gattis is batting .261 with 31 doubles, one triple, 37 home runs, 73 runs scored and 104 RBIs in 168 career Major League games with the Braves. He finished seventh in National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2013 after batting .243 with 21 doubles, 21 home runs and 65 RBIs in 105 games.
Gattis and the Gwinnett Braves open a four-game series against the Durham Bulls on Thursday at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Right-hander Aaron Northcraft (0-2, 7.04) starts for the G-Braves against right-hander Matt Andriese (10-4, 3.42) of the Bulls. Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call beginning at 6:20 p.m. on WDUN.com, GwinnettBraves.com, Tune-In Radio and the MiLB First Pitch app.
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