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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.

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Gattis (illness) remains without a clear timetable for return, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

It's nearly been two weeks since Gattis has appeared in the starting lineup, although he was able to work in a pinch-hit appearance in Saturday's game. Manager Fredi Gonzalez hopes to have him back in a higher capacity at some point this week, but the exact day is unclear at the moment. Due to the uncertainty, he's a risky play in any weekly lineup format.

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Gattis (illness) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mets.

Gattis hasn't started in two weeks due to a kidney stone and a bout with strep throat, but he did manage to make a pinch-hit appearance Saturday. Still, it remains unclear if he'll be healthy enough to play regularly behind the plate over the last week of the season, which likely makes him an unappealing fantasy option for the final slate of games. Christian Bethancourt will make another start at catcher Sunday.

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Gattis (kidney stones) remains out of the lineup Sunday against the Mets.

Gattis has been out of the lineup since Sept. 7 due to various ailments, and although thought to be nearing a return, he'll sit once again in favor of Christian Bethancourt on Sunday afternoon. As the season winds down to a close, it's unclear how much he'll be able to contribute for fantasy owners, as the Braves will continue to take a conservative approach with their playoff hopes now a thing of the past.