The Atlanta Braves announced this morning that Evan Gattis has been placed on the 15-day Disabled List with what’s being reported as an oblique strain. There are unconfirmed reports he’s already hit a double and another pinch-hit homer while on the DL. Tyler Pastornicky has been recalled from Gwinnett to take his place in the lineup. Gerald Laird was likely to see some game time today regardless, due to the three-games-within-24-hours freak schedule that presented itself between last night’s late game and today’s doubleheader, but for the next two weeks or so, Laird will be the backup catcher once again.
Update #1: this from beat writer Dave O’Brien, et al:
@ajcbraves Gattis said he felt his right side grab trying to check his swing at a slider his 3rd at bat. Hopeful it’ll be better in the 2 weeks
Update #2: the injury did not occur on this 4th inning swing (gif courtesy of the MLB Cave Dwellers), but it’s noteworthy as Gattis breaks the bat across his own back. Yow.
The G-Braves were in Buffalo last night, so while it is likely that Pastornicky will be able to arrive in time for the first game, it has not yet been confirmed by the team… that is, assuming that the (first) game time of 1:10pm holds. Weather will continue to be a factor throughout the day, so Braves fans will simply have to keep checking to see exactly when baseball will be played.
Oh, and about that rain thing:
Nonetheless, it appears that Game 1 will indeed start on schedule!
Other Notes of Interest:
Cory Rasmus was already tagged as today’s “26th man”. Teams are permitted to call up an extra player (usually a pitcher) to assist for scheduled double-headers, and Rasmus was selected for that purpose today. This move was in lieu of Brandon Beachy, who had been hoped to make his inaugural 2013 start today, but was diagnosed with fluid on his surgically repaired right elbow last week in what was to be his final tune-up start for Gwinnett. There is no timetable for Beachy’s return as a result, though he is still running (generally) ahead of the recovery timetable of 13-14 months (he is just now at the one year point, post-op).
Alex Wood is slated to pitch the first game today… whenever it starts. If so, he’ll be only the 6th starter the Braves have used this year, and the last major league club to use more than five starters. Tweets from the club report that this game (#71) marks the longest such streak by Atlanta since 2000, and beats all other clubs by at least ten games for this year (Detroit used starter #6 in their game #61).
Lineup for Game 1: (SportsSouth/680AM/Braves Radio Network): Schafer 8, RJohnson 7, Heyward 9, Freeman 3, CJohnson 5, Laird 2, Uggla 4, Simmons 6, Wood 1
Mets Game 1 lineup: Cowgill LF, Murphy 2B, Wright 3B, Byrd RF, Duda 1B, Buck C, Lagares CF, Quintanilla SS, Harvey RHP (source: Adam Rubin)