Evan Gattis earned a splendid nickname – “El Oso Blanco,” aka The White Bear -- while leading the Venezuelan Winter League in home runs and slugging percentage. Now he seems intent on earning a roster spot with the Braves.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Texan hit a two-run, line-drive homer and a double in four plate appearances Saturday in the Braves’ 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees at Champion Stadium. It was the Braves’ second spring-training game and the first for Gattis, a catcher and left fielder who served as designated hitter.

“That’s what he can do,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said after Gattis dug a divot with his homer to the grass berm beyond left field and also lined a double over third base. “It’s good to see. We’re just going to have to come up with a spot for him.”

Gattis pulled a first-pitch line-drive double over third base off Brett Marshall in the fourth inning, and homered with one on and one out in the sixth on a 1-0 inside fastball from Mikey O’Brien. Marshall and O’Brien are right-handed prospects.

“It’s still early in camp,” Gonzalez said. “You’ll see (Gattis) play. You’ll see him play left field, you’ll see him DH whenever we get a chance. You’ll see him behind the plate. Because he’s got to bat, with that kind of bat.”

The Braves will consider carrying Gattis as backup to catcher Gerald Laird for the first two or three weeks of the season until starter Brian McCann fully recovers from shoulder surgery.