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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: EVAN GATTIS TO BEGIN SEASON ON DL

Despite taking at-bats in minor league games over the last week, the Houston Astros will likely begin the 2016 season with outfielder/DH Evan Gattis on the disabled list.  Gattis was forced to undergo surgery for a hernia back in February and his recovery has not gone as quickly as the team hoped.  He comes off a productive first season with the Astros in 2015 when he slammed 27 home runs and drove in 88 batters.  Even going back to his days with the Atlanta Braves, Gattis has been no stranger to injury as his checked past with substance abuse no doubt has been a contributor to his body breaking down.  As far as his value is concerned, Gattis lost a ton of it once he stopped donning a catcher's past.  Not having catcher eligibility is a big downer but Gattis still showed he could help in the home run and RBI columns last season as an outfielder 3.  The average though is never pretty as Gattis hit just .246 last season as he struck out at a high clip as he has done throughout his professional career.  Try to hold Gattis is you have the roster space as he should only miss a few weeks and return sometime in mid-April.  Power is tough to find in today's fantasy baseball so Gattis still retains some value. 

 

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