Braves' Gattis off DL, starting against Marlins

Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis (24) sits in dugout during a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Atlanta, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA (AP) -- Catcher Evan Gattis has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and is in Atlanta's lineup against the Miami Marlins.

Gattis had been sidelined since June 29 with a bulging disk in his lower back.

The return of Gattis adds an important bat to the middle of the Braves' lineup. Gattis is hitting .290 with 16 homers - one behind Justin Upton's team-leading 17 - and 39 RBIs.

The Braves optioned catcher Christian Bethancourt to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Upton is also in Monday night's lineup after he left Sunday's game against the Phillies with triceps tightness after being hit by a pitch.