ATLANTA -- Braves prospect Evan Gattis will have to wait at least three more weeks before getting a chance to resume playing for Double-A Mississippi. Gattis has been sidelined since May 17 because of strained tendons in his wrist. He suffered the injury while lifting a bag in an attempt to put it on an overhead compartment on the team bus.
"He felt something pull and then he played with it and it got sore and then he tried to compensate for it and it got worse," Braves assistant general manager Bruce Manno said. "We had to shut him down because it got so bad."
Gattis' left wrist has been immobilized by a cast most of the past month. He is expected to begin re-strengthening the wrist with various exercises this week. The Braves are hoping he might be ready to play again during the early days of July.
Gattis hit .385 with nine home runs and an .829 slugging percentage in 21 games for Class A Advanced Lynchburg this year. This prompted the Braves to promote the 25-year-old catcher with the intention that he would start spending time playing left field. He hit .274 with four home runs and a .581 slugging percentage in 16 games for Mississippi before being shut down.