Evan Gattis was expected to return from his rehab assignment after the All-Star break, but the recent stretch of injuries to each outfielder and also Freddie Freeman has forced the Braves to reinstate the rookie from the disabled list a bit earlier than planned.
With the severity of each of these injuries still to be at least somewhat determined, Gattis returning could not come at a better time. Thankfully the break should allow the regulars to get healthy, but having Gattis and his ability to play outfield and first base should soften the sting should any of these players be out longer than hoped.
Gattis has hit .252/.317/.577 with 14 home runs before his injury. Brian McCann leading the team in WAR at the midway point means it will be difficult to find Gattis much play behind the plate. Gattis is the second highest rated player on the team by WAR in just 183 plate appearances, so Fredi will find him some playing time even when the outfielders return. As difficult as these injuries have been the past few days, it's a great thing to get Gattis back on the major league roster.
Today he is starting at first base and batting cleanup. I bet he does something amazing. The corresponding roster move is yet to be announced. It could be putting one of the injured players on the disabled list or calling down one of Tyler Pastornicky or Paul Janish. We will update the post when the announcement is made.
B.J. Upton stated that he is prepared to be put on the disabled list if the team needs his roster spot, according to Kevin McAlplin. He also stated that his injury is more severe than Justin Upton's and Jason Heyward's.
B.J. Upton will land on the disabled list, according to DOB's twitter.