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Gattis not expected back right after All-Star break

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NEW YORK -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez remains hopeful that Evan Gattis will be healthy enough to return to his lineup within the next couple of weeks. But he does not believe his big catcher will be activated from the disabled list immediately after the All-Star break.

Gattis has been sidelined since June 27 with a bulging thoracic disc. He has gained some relief since getting an epidural injection last week. But he has not been cleared to begin any baseball-related activities.

If Gattis continues to progress, he might catch some bullpen sessions while the Braves are at Wrigley Field this weekend. But Gonzalez did not seem confident that his catcher would begin swinging a bat before the All-Star break begins Sunday evening.

"If he's only going to catch bullpens by this Saturday or Sunday, he won't come out [until] after the break," Gonzalez said.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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