Braves News & Notes: Evan Gattis Starting At 1B, Cristhian Martinez To DL

Daniel Shirey

The Braves made a couple of interesting decisions prior to Friday's series opener in D.C.

Just a few hours before a huge series in Washington kicks off, the Braves are going bold.

To make room for reliever Luis Ayala, who was acquired on Wednesday from the Orioles, Cristhian Martinez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain. This is likely one of those mystery DL stints a team uses to clear space for a recently-acquired player. I still don't really get this trade, but Frank Wren loves him some veteran relievers, and Ayala isn't bad.

Evan Gattis is starting at first base tonight. Other than a handful of innings at low-A ball, Gattis has never played first base in a game situation. He didn't even play there in Spring Training. Yet, Fredi Gonzalez has decided his bat is too valuable to be kept out of the lineup, and he wants Gerald Laird to catch Julio Teheran to avoid any rookie-on-rookie battery mistakes.

Here is tonight's lineup:

Andrelton Simmons 6
Jason Heyward 9
Justin Upton 7
Evan Gattis 3
BJ Upton 8
Dan Uggla 4
Chris Johnson 5
Gerald Laird 2
Julio Teheran 1

Get ready, folks. That might honestly be the worst defensive infield to ever be constructed. Here's hoping for lots of strikeouts, fly balls and grounders hit right at Simmons.

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