Gattis scratched due to right wrist discomfort

Gattis scratched due to right wrist discomfort

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Astros slugger Evan Gattis was scratched from the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals at Osceola County Stadium with right wrist discomfort.

"He's fine, as far as I know. He had a little bit of wrist discomfort," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "[I] was debating playing him today -- day game after a night game -- anyway, and with that wrist discomfort we decided to take him out of the lineup."

Gattis, acquired in a trade with the Braves on Jan. 14, is 5-for-14 in Grapefruit League play with a double and three RBIs. He was scheduled to start in left field and hit fourth in what would have been his second game in left field this spring.

"I think he took a couple of funky swings yesterday. Again, this stuff happens in Spring Training," Hinch said. "We'll have to evaluate him and see how his swings are. He won't play tomorrow, and we'll evaluate as the week goes."

The Astros are still trying to find a position for Gattis, who slugged 43 homers the past two years with the Braves. He hasn't appeared in left field in a big league game since his rookie season of 2013, when he started 47 games in left field, 38 at catcher and four at first base.

The only defensive position Gattis played last year was catcher, but the Astros will only use him there in an emergency.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.