Braves catcher Evan Gattis hit 21 home runs in only 105 games during the 2013 season. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis revealed Friday that he had knee surgery in October, which is part of the reason he had not caught consecutive games during spring training until yesterday.
Gattis told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he had arthroscopic surgery in his right knee to remove a "dime-sized bone chip."
Gattis said that the chip has been floating around in his knee since around 2006.
“The doctor did a really good job,” Gattis said. “I came back good. But I had a fragment floating around for, like, the last seven years. So I had that cleaned out, just smoothed it out.”
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Gattis had a breakout season in 2013, only batting .243, but hitting 21 home runs and driving in 81 runs.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he plans to have Gattis catch between 100-110 games this season, and said Gattis might get some time at first base and in left field to prevent stress on the knee.