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Atlanta agreed to trade Gattis to Houston on Wednesday in exchange for prospects Mike Fotynewicz, Rio Ruiz and Andrew Thurman, New York Post writer Joel Sherman reports.

Gattis first needs to pass a physical with Houston in order for the trade to finalize, but the other aspects of the transaction are evidently settled by now. Houston is poised to possess a great deal of right-hitting slugging power between Gattis, Chris Carter and George Springer, while the trade would leave Atlanta without the second of its top-two home run hitters from 2014 with Justin Upton already gone.

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Gattis underwent a physical with the Astros on Wednesday, USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports. Nightengale cites Houston as one of three teams "aggressively pursuing" Gattis.

Although the Braves have planned to move Gattis to left field, he would presumably be a catcher for the teams pursuing him. It in any case remains unclear whether the Astros or the other two teams are able and willing to meet Atlanta's asking price.

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Gattis looks to be in line to man left field for the Braves this season following Friday's trade of Justin Upton to the Padres, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

Despite the lack of range Gattis has shown in left field in the past, the Braves seem content to take the defensive hit if it means getting the 28-year-old's powerful bat into the lineup. He collected 40 extra-base hits in just 401 plate appearances in 2014, and without the rigors of spending most of his time catching, there's a good chance he'll be able to stay healthier and pick up more at-bats. Barring another trade for an outfielder, it appears that Gattis will be locked into left field in close to a full-time role while Christian Bethancourt assumes the primary backstop duties.

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Braves president of baseball operations John Hart acknowledged Monday that Gattis moving to left field next season is "definitely a possibility," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

A move to left is looking like more than a possibility for Gattis in light of Jason Heyward's trade to St. Louis, but Hart isn't willing to set anything in stone just yet, saying only that it's "an option." Justin Upton will presumably move over to right field to take over for Heyward -- though there remains a possibility he could be dealt -- and with Gattis possibly moving out from behind the plate, the door is open for 23-year-old Christian Bethancourt to step in as the primary catcher for Atlanta. Gattis figures to still see occasional starts behind the dish when Bethancourt needs a breather, and he should be catcher eligible in most fantasy leagues at least in 2015.

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Gattis is out of the lineup Friday against the Phillies.

Gattis has been used mostly as a pinch hitter since returning from an illness caused by kidney stones. He rejoined the lineup Thursday, but played a shortened outing, and is again out of the lineup Friday. Christian Bethancourt will start behind the plate in his place and bat sixth for the Braves.

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Gattis (illness) is back in the lineup Thursday against the Pirates.

As expected, Gattis is in the lineup Thursday for the first time since Sept. 7, after being used as a pinch-hitter three of the previous five days. He will only catch five innings or so, however, as manager Fredi Gonzalez wants to ease the 28-year-old back into action after the long layoff.

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Gattis (illness) is expected to play approximately five innings Thursday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez doesn't want to overexert Gattis in his first start since Sept. 7, so he'll have him catch only the five innings or so starter David Hale will be on the mound. Gattis was originally forced out of action due to a bout of strep throat, but he was later diagnosed with a kidney stone, resulting in the extended absence. He's been able to pinch hit three of the past four days.

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Gattis (illness) remains out of the lineup Wednesday against the Pirates.

Although Gattis was able to pinch hit again Tuesday night, marking his third time coming off the bench in four days, he's evidently still not healthy enough to man the backstop for Atlanta. The 28-year-old appears to stand a fairly good chance of starting again before the end of the season, given his recent activity, but nothing's definite.

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Gattis (illness) is out of the Braves' lineup again Tuesday.

Upon Gattis' diagnosis of a kidney stone, the team expressed confidence that he would return in a matter of days, but the 28-year-old remains unavailable to start close to a week later. Gattis has, however, pinch hit two of the last three days, suggesting his return to the lineup may be imminent, but the team has no incentive to rush him back with any hope of a Wild Card birth dashed.

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Gattis (illness) remains out of the lineup Monday against the Pirates.

Gattis has been out of the starting lineup since Sept. 7, and although he was able to work in a pinch-hit appearance this past weekend, manager Fredi Gonzalez will continue to rest his catcher. With the Braves' playoff hopes having fizzled away, there appears to be little incentive to rush the 28-year-old back to action.