Braves place Upton on DL, activate Gattis

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The Atlanta Braves activated versatile rookie Evan Gattis from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday and placed outfielder B.J. Upton on the DL.
Gattis has been out since June 18 with a right oblique strain. He is in Sunday's starting lineup, batting fourth and playing first base against the Cincinnati Reds. He is batting .252 with 14 home runs and 37 RBI in 53 games.
Gattis usually plays catcher but has also played left field and first base. He is expected to get more playing time for now with some key injuries hampering the Braves. Outfielder Justin Upton and first basemen Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward are also out.
B.J. Upton left Friday's game against the Reds with a hip injury. He was injured in the first inning when he dove for a ball hit by Cincinnati's Todd Frazier, but it bounced off his glove. When he fell, his right knee dug into the grass. The Braves said the injury was to the abductor muscle, which is near the hip.
Upton has struggled all season and is batting just .177.

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