Monday morning, Evan Gattis reached down to pull a compression knee brace over his right knee, with a donut-shaped protective pad over the knee cap, above a fading scar from surgery in 2006. The top of the fabric brace was stretched to capacity in order to encircle a tree-trunk-sized lower thigh.
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Luis Vasquez’s spring-training debut didn’t go anything like he and the Braves hoped, but the much-discussed side-armer will get what amounts to a mulligan in the view of manager Fredi Gonzalez.