Evan Gattis to DL with bulging thoracic disk.
An MRI was performed Monday shows Evan Gattis has a bulging thoracic disk which means, he will be placed on the 15-day disabled list. The Braves have not yet announced a corresponding move.
Gattis had hoped that when he received an epidural shot, a DL stint would not be needed. He has missed the past four games with back discomfort, which was diagnosed as a right rhomboid spasm. Team doctors told him roughly 90-95 percent of these cases “resolve themselves.”
“I don’t know when a possible return date is, but I don’t think it’ll be too long
term.” Gattis said. “Obviously this is disappointing, but I’m just ready to get back as soon as possible.”
The injury occurred when the Braves were playing the Phillies Friday night during the first inning. There was uncertainty regarding the injury at first, but the MRI brought a clear picture to the Braves and to Gattis.
“It felt like a pinch. I felt like it was close to the spine or something like that, but I didn’t know it was intercostal.” Gattis said. “It hurt to breathe at first and stuff like that, so I’ve got some relief knowing I have an answer.”
Christian Bethancourt, the Braves second-ranked prospect, was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday to add depth. That helped backup catcher Gerald Laird, who caught five of the last seven games on the braves road trip.
The corresponding move will likely be the activation of RHP David Carpenter who has been on the disabled list since June 17th with a right biceps strain.