The cries for the return of El Oso Blanco are being heard loud and clear right now, but Atlanta Braves fans will probably have to wait until after the All-Star break for the return of Evan Gattis. Having hit 14 homers in just 53 games and 163 at-bats, it’s no wonder the Tomahawk Nation is anxious to get him back.
Gattis, who is recovering from a strained oblique muscle, did return to baseball activities earlier this week, and he hit a few soft-tossed pitches and caught Tim Hudson‘s between-starts bullpen session Tuesday in Miami. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s Dave O’Brien is reporting that Gattis could start taking batting practice swings today, but that it is unlikely he’ll be available to come off the DL until after the All-Star game.
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The healing time for a strained oblique can be long for anyone, but for a professional baseball player who depends on the core muscles more than just about anything (particularly when hitting), it can be a frustrating and painful injury.
Gattis’ bat is not the only thing the Braves miss. He brings a bit of attitude with him, and has been an emotional spark more than once already for Atlanta this season. For a team that can look a bit on the flat side at times, a little extra fire and attitude is a welcomed sight.
The Braves will finish up a 3-game series with the Miami Marlins today, and then return home for a 4-game set against the Cincinnati Reds before the All-Star break. They will then travel after the break to take on the struggling Chicago White Sox.
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