Evan Gattis
C/DH HOU
3 weeks ago

Gattis made his first spring start as a catcher in Friday's game against the Mets, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gattis, who had battled a sore right shoulder, had served as a designated hitter during his six spring appearances before Friday's game. He was hoping to test out his arm, but the Mets did not attempt to steal a base during the four innings that Gattis was in the game. He'll get more action behind the dish as spring progresses, so we'll get a chance to see how the shoulder responds when he throws with aggression.

Evan Gattis
C/DH HOU
3 weeks ago

Gattis will play "maybe a touch more than a traditional backup [catcher] but will get plenty of time" behind Brian McCann, according to manager A.J. Hinch, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. "I think what can change that is how the DH plays," Hinch said. "Obviously the performances will change. But McCann will catch a majority of the games, Gattis will catch the balance of them and then as the schedule permits and the health permits, then we'll adjust accordingly."

EDGE Analysis

Gattis continues to work on his receiving and blocking skills. The designated hitter spot also will impact Gattis' reps: Carlos Beltran may contribute a few games in the outfield, perhaps in place of lefty bats Josh Reddick and Norichika Aoki against a southpaw, which would allow Gattis to man DH. His power ranks among the best for catcher-eligible fantasy players. Even as a backup, the veteran could launch 25-plus bombs in a limited role. Fantasy owners in mixed leagues should avoid paying an exorbitant price for what could wind up as three starts per week, but of course, competitors who use two-catcher lineups would jump at adding him in the middle rounds.

Evan Gattis
C/DH HOU
3 weeks ago

Gattis (shoulder) is expected to catch in a Grapefruit League game Friday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gattis has been limited to DH duties in games to this point in spring training while he's battled a sore right shoulder, which had made throwing an issue. It appears he's progressed well in his throwing program in recent days, and if workouts throughout the week continue to go well, we should see him behind the plate by the weekend. After bringing in Brian McCann in the offseason, Gattis isn't expected to see regular time behind the plate in 2017, but he should still retain eligibility at the position across most fantasy formats after logging 55 starts at catcher last season.

Evan Gattis
C/DH HOU
4 weeks ago

Gattis has increased his throwing program and is tentatively targeted for game-action behind the plate mid-to-late next week, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gattis been able to serve as Houston's designated hitter in spring games, but unable to play the field yet. This confirms why he didn't fill in for Brian McCann, who missed the last couple of days due to illness.

Evan Gattis
C/DH HOU
1 month ago

Gattis (shoulder) will man the DH spot and bat in the cleanup spot in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gattis received an anti-inflammatory injection in his right shoulder a little over a week ago and has been limited in workouts lately, but it appears the worst of the injury is behind him. It remains to be seen when the Astros will use him behind the plate in a game, but the fact that he's serving as the DH on Sunday suggests that the issue is probably nothing to worry about.

Evan Gattis
C/DH HOU
1 month ago

Gattis (shoulder) got in some light throwing Sunday morning, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gattis' progress from his shoulder soreness is certainly a good sign, as it has prevented him from participating in baseball activities early in camp. There's still plenty of time for him to get caught up before the start of the regular season. When healthy, the 30-year-old slugger figures to see time as both the backup catcher behind Brian McCann and as the designated hitter, where Carlos Beltran also figures into the mix.

Evan Gattis
C/DH HOU
1 month ago

Gatts (shoulder) participated in catching drills Saturday, but has not yet resumed throwing, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Soreness popped up in Gattis' right shoulder, preventing him from taking part in baseball activities. Next up, the Astros will get him throwing and taking at bats. Houston starts playing in games Feb. 25, so Gattis will have several days to get up to speed. The Astros view him as the backup catcher, who will serve as designated hitter from time to time.

Evan Gattis
C/DH HOU
1 month ago

Gattis (shoulder) will participate in catching drills Saturday, Brian McTaggert of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The drills include throwing the ball back to the pitcher, something Gattis did not do in his light workout on Friday. The 30-year-old is evidently making progress in his recovery from shoulder inflammation and could return to regular action soon for the Astros.

Evan Gattis
C/DH HOU
1 month ago

Gattis won't participate in hitting or throwing "for a couple days" due to right shoulder soreness, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

This confirms a previous news analysis which speculated he'd take some time off. The news isn't worth panicking over yet, but keep tabs on "El Oso Blanco" to see if he returns to the field before preseason games start. Hopefully his prognosis will clear up before fantasy drafts start in full swing.

Evan Gattis
C/DH HOU
1 month ago

Gattis received an anti-inflammatory injection in his right shoulder, which kept him from catching a bullpen session Wednesday as planned, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

"El Oso Blanco" downplayed the issue, stating that he only got the injection since his shoulder was more sore than he expected to start the season. Gattis hopes to be throwing in the next few days, which is when we'll likely be able to get a better grasp of when he can get back to full activity.