Found July 03, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
The news keeps getting worse for the Atlanta Braves' star rookie Evan Gattis. MLB.com's Braves beat writers Mark Bowman and Eric Single report that Gattis is still not cleared to begin baseball activities as of July 3. Manager Fredi Gonzalez has already stated that Gattis will miss the entire three-game series with the Miami Marlins, which began on July 2. Gattis is on the disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle. He last played on June 17, and at this point, there is no timetable for his return. Bowman and Single indicate the possibility of Gattis' sitting out until after the All-Star break. Odds of Gattis returning before the AS break are decreasing. He still hasn't been cleared to resume baseball activities. — Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) July 2, 2013 Gonzalez wants to make sure that his prized rookie is 100% and at very little risk of re-injury. Said Gonzalez, "It's really small increments before you let him go out and take BP, especially with an oblique. You don't want a twist and then go back to day one. You can't afford a setback, for me, with the obliques. So you might as well take your time with it." Gattis has wowed fans with his 14 home runs and 37 RBI as a catcher, outfielder, and pinch hitter. He had a lot of playing time behind the plate early in the season when Brian McCann was on the disabled list. He was also considered an early favorite for the National League Rookie of the Year until his injury. Gattis won the Rookie of the Month award for both April and May. The Braves have opened up a seven-game lead in the National League East as play begins on July 3, so there is no rush to get Gattis back into the lineup. Perhaps waiting until after the All-Star break (July 15-18) would be the best decision. Follow Raymond on Twitter @RayBureau. Like Raymond’s “Baseball Bureau” page on Facebook. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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