It turns out Braves catcher Evan Gattis has a kidney stone.
Gattis started feeling ill on Sept. 7 and was diagnosed with strep throat. A visit with a specialist this week and a second round of tests revealed the kidney stone, Braves general manager Frank Wren said Wednesday.
“At this point he is day-to-day,” Wren said. “He may well be back in the lineup in the next day or so.”
Gattis said he was feeling better last week but has missed three consecutive series.
Wren said that results of tests on Gattis in Washington last week showed “a number of areas where they were abnormal” and his condition did not improve. Gattis couldn’t see a specialist over the weekend in Texas and so had to wait until the team returned to Atlanta to get more tests, which Wren said revealed the kidney stone.
Wren said Gattis has not passed the stone and may not do so but doctors are comfortable with him playing once he feels better.
“This is actually kind of good news,” Wren said. “(Doctors) feel like the symptoms have become more localized and more typical of a kidney stone in the last day. And so I think they feel like they’ve gotten to the root of the problem. It’s just always exacerbated by the strep throat.”
Gattis leads Braves regulars with a .507 slugging percentage. He missed 17 games spanning June and July because of a bulging thoracic disk in his back and four games in May because of a viral infection.
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