Gattis set to play Monday as Astros' DH

Slugger has success in second Minor League game Sunday

Gattis set to play Monday as Astros' DH

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Astros slugger Evan Gattis says he will be in the lineup at designated hitter for Houston on Monday against the Braves after being slowed for a week with a sore right wrist.

Gattis played in his second consecutive Minor League game on Sunday after taking batting practice with his teammates in the morning. He played four innings in left on the back fields at Osceola County Stadium and had two plate appearances, walking on a full count and getting jammed on a pitch and grounding out.

"It went good," Gattis said. "I got jammed, but I guess it's a good sign it wasn't my wrist."

Gattis has been trying to get used to playing left field this spring after spending all of last season with the Braves as a catcher. He said he had one ball hit at him Sunday.

"It was a sinking line drive," Gattis said. "It was actually a good one. I got one under my belt."

Astros manager A.J. Hinch is comfortable with Gattis in left field, but he knows he needs more chances.

"It's more about repetition," he said. "I joke with him only because he's put in a lot of work not to get a ton of game action. We've got 10 or 11 games left, and he'll see some left field as soon as this weekend if things are progressing for him."

The Astros acquired Gattis in a January trade with the Braves and plan to play him in left field and not catcher, where he's spent the majority of his two-year Major League career. Gattis blasted 43 home runs in 213 games with the Braves the past two seasons.

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.