Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday that the Houston Astros are placing catcher Evan Gattis on the club’s 10-day disabled list with right wrist soreness. Catcher Juan Centeno will be recalled from the minors to take Gattis’ place on the active roster.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Gattis sustained the injury after taking a ball off the wrist during the team’s series in Anaheim against the Los Angeles Angels last weekend. Gattis tried playing through the pain, but it was ultimately enough of a hindrance to warrant a trip to the sideline. Gattis had just come off the 10-day disabled list for that weekend series against the “Halos” after having battled back from a concussion.
Evan Gattis is going back on the disabled list, this time with right wrist soreness. Astros trying to get Juan Centeno here to catch McHugh.
— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) August 31, 2017
Gattis, who has split time catching and serving as the team’s designated hitter for most of the season, is hitting .269/.319/.470 with 11 home runs and 45 RBIs. The combination of injuries and a reduced role with Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran now on the team have limited Gattis’ production at the plate. The 31-year-old slugged a career-high 32 homers for the Astros last season.
Centeno has only played in 10 games for Houston this season, but he has had some big moments. He hit home runs in back-to-back starts during his first stint with the club back in May, and he hit a walk-off single to beat the Toronto Blue Jays in early August. The 27-year-old backstop is hitting .265 in 37 plate appearances with the Astros this season. Centeno will likely catch and bat eighth for the team on Thursday.
Houston has been teetering of late, but they will finally get to return to Houston this weekend amid the damage and flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. After finishing their three-game series against the Texas Rangers in Tampa on Thursday, the Astros will have a day off on Friday before playing a doubleheader with the New York Mets on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.