Aug 13, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis (24) in the dugout against the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Bear Sighting: Evan Gattis Set to Return

Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

After a brief minor league stint to allow for a few ABs of exercise, Braves’ Catcher/Left Fielder/First Baseman/Baseball Destroyer Evan Gattis is expected to return to the majors today.  First possible victim:  RHP Carlos Torres, scheduled to start tonight for the Mets.

El Oso Blanco was optioned to AAA Gwinnett as his playing time had been fairly sparse lately:  1 plate appearance on August 30th (an intentional walk), 1 on August 23rd (strikeout).  In addition, the rust was certainly showing: his last major league hit came on a 3-for-5, 2 double day on August 11th (but that was vs. Miami, so I’m not sure it counts).

Oh – I mentioned “major league hits”.  So how did it go at Gwinnett?

Yeah, that went okay…

  • Saturday – 2 doubles in 4 trips.
  • Sunday – 2 for 5 with a single and a homer.  1 strikeout.
  • Monday – Single, double in 4 ABs
  • Summary:  6 for 13, 3 doubles, 1 homer, 1 strikeout.

The Braves took advantage of a minor league loophole – players optioned to the minors normally are supposed to stay put for at least 10 days.  That can be shortened due to injury or – in this case – if there are no more games to play.  Gwinnett finished up its schedule yesterday, thus setting the stage for Gattis’ recall , which is likely to become official soon.  If the ‘hot hand’ philosophy holds, I expect he’ll be in the lineup tonight – particularly as Jordan Schafer suffered a lower back strain in yesterday’s 13-5 win over the Mets.

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