Gattis placed on the disabled list with an oblique strain

The Braves placed Evan Gattis on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday morning with a right oblique strain.  Infielder Tyler Pastornicky has been recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill Gattis’ roster spot.

Gattis played the catcher’s position entirety of Monday night’s win over the Mets.  When the rain delayed game concluded around 1:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, the Braves did not reveal Gattis had suffered an injury.  This transaction was announced approximately eight hours later.

With Gattis sidelined, the Braves lose a significant presence on their bench.  The 26-year-old catcher has gone 6-for-8 with four home runs, a double and two walks in 10 pinch hit plate appearances this season.  He has recorded just one hit in the 25 at-bats he has had while in the starting lineup dating back to May 31.

Gerald Laird will once again become Brian McCann’s primary backup while Gattis is sidelined.  Laird has seen very limited playing time while serving as Atlanta’s third catcher for most of the past month.

Pastornicky has hit .309 with four home runs and a .780 OPS in 57 games with Gwinnett .    This is his second promotion to the Major League level this season.

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