This week, we'll look at some interesting catching situations from around the league. Two prominent catchers started the year with suspensions, and several backstops of various ilk have suffered injuries recently.
Starter: Evan Gattis
Next: Gerald Laird
Injured: Brian McCann
The story for the first few weeks of the season has been "When Brian McCann returns from the disabled list, where will the Braves put Evan Gattis' bat?" The question maybe become "When Brian McCann returns, will the Braves still care about Evan Gattis' bat?" Gattis has cooled considerably the past two weeks after a roaring start to the season that found him hitting cleanup for the Braves. El Oso Blanco, as Gattis is endearingly referred to, is hitting a so-so .158/.200/.395 with a 12:1 K:BB since April 16 (38 at-bats), and he has slid from the fourth spot in the lineup to sixth. He still flashes some pop, but it may not be as imperative for manager Fredi Gonzalez to keep him in the everyday ...