Gattis makes the roster

DOB reports Gattis may split time with Laird, bolstering speculation that the 26-year-old right-handed hitting rookie will start Opening Day with southpaw Cole Hamels on the mound for Philly.

The roster is pretty much set, with Jordan Schafer and Ramiro Pena filling out a bench that includes Juan Francisco/Chris Johnson and Reed Johnson.

And with JV all but certain to start the season on the DL, expect ¬†Cristhian Martinez and Anthony Varvaro¬†– both out of options — to fill out the bullpen along with Jordan Walden, Avilan, EOF and Kimbrel.

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6 Comments on Gattis makes the roster

  1. Walden better be good or losing JV will be HUGE. I don’t like our bench, but I never do. I wish Gattis wasa third basemen. But I love the lineup and I think our starters will win 65 -70 games.

  2. rankin' rob // March 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm //

    JV didn’t pitch all that great last year and has been headed for physical collapse for a while, which is too bad. What’s the over/under on Schafer making himself persona non grata with either the clubhouse or the club?

  3. Sharon Egan // March 27, 2013 at 4:07 pm //

    I stand corrected. I thought Gattis would be another feel-good story the front office trotted out to gin up interest in spring training, with zero chance of making the big league roster. Wrong.

  4. R. Johnson, R. Pena, Johnson/Francisco, Gattis/Laird, Schafer. Not the best bench ever, but the Braves have had worse ones.

  5. Sssh!! Keith Lockhart still lives!

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