After taking batting practice without issue for the second straight day, Evan Gattis showed the Braves Thursday he’s ready for a minor league rehabilitation assignment.
Gattis will begin an injury assignment Friday with Triple-A Gwinnett and play the first of at least three minor league games and at most six before the Braves hope to activate him with the start of the second half on Friday, July 19 against the White Sox.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez would love to have the dynamic rookie catcher and bench piece available to DH in that three-game series in Chicago. Gattis is leading the majors with four pinch hit home runs despite missing the past three weeks.
Gattis will begin his assignment Friday with Triple-A Gwinnett in Durham as a DH. Gonzalez said Gattis could decide he’s ready to go after three games with Gwinnett and take the All-Star break off, or if he needs more at-bats both Braves A affiliates, Rome and Lynchburg, have games scheduled early next week when the higher levels are off for All-Star games.
Gattis has been on the disabled list since June 18 with a strained right oblique muscle.
“Another good day,” Gattis said after taking bp Thursday afternoon. “No pain. It went good. It’s been the same for the last little while. And I wasn’t sore yesterday or waking up this morning so it’s good.”