The words “offseason surgery” and the Atlanta Braves are becoming quite synonymous this spring. Another Braves star has apparently gone under the knife, but this time it’s on the other end of the battery.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Braves beat reporter Dave O’Brien reports that catcher and fan-favorite Evan Gattis has revealed that he had offseason knee surgery.
From O’Brien’s report, Gattis had a “dime-sized bone chip removed from his right knee, which had been bothering him since 2006.”
This would explain Gattis’ lack of playing time this spring, but still can’t sit well with Atlanta fans who have heard quite enough about any Braves having any type of surgery.
With perennial All-Star Brian McCann now wearing New York Yankees pinstripes, Gattis is projected to more than likely be the starting catcher, although there have been some reports that there could actually be a battle between El Oso Blanco and prospect, Christian Bethancourt.