The unusual journey Evan Gattis traveled to get to the majors with the Atlanta Braves took him to a new destination Friday night: first base.
Thrown into a position he hasn't played since seven games in Class A in 2011, the 26-year-old rookie took some practice grounders before Atlanta's game against the Washington Nationals.
''I knew it was a possibility, for sure,'' Gattis said about playing first base, adding: ''I mean, I didn't take it too seriously.''
Since making the opening day club despite arriving at spring training as a non-roster invitee who never had played above Double A, Gattis has been splitting time at catcher with Gerald Laird.
But Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez wanted to have Laird behind the plate Friday for the sixth career start of right-handed pitcher Julio Teheran - and also didn't want to take the hot-hitting Gattis out of the lineup. So with regular first baseman Freddie Freeman on the disabled list, Gonzalez went with Gattis at that spot and shifted Chri...