(ATLANTA) — The Atlanta Braves will be without one of their best power hitters for the next couple weeks as the team placed catcher Evan Gattis on the 15-day disabled list after a recent MRI revealed a bulging thoracic disk.
The Braves did not go into further detail on the severity of the injury.
The 27-year-old Gattis was in his first season as the team’s full-time catcher after replacing longtime catcher Brian McCann. He’s proved he’s more than capable of replacing McCann’s offense, as he’s hitting .290 with 16 home runs and 39 RBIs in 63 games this season.
Meanwhile McCann is struggling in his first season with the New York Yankees, as he’s hitting .221 with nine home runs and 36 RBIs.
To replace Gattis, the team will turn to veteran Gerald Laird, who’s hitting just .222 this season.
The Braves will need to get Gattis’ back in the lineup as soon as possible, as the team is 29th in Major League Baseball in runs scored.
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Lois M. Collins, Deseret News