Gattis had his option for the 2017 season picked up by the Astros on Friday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Gattis blasted a career-high 32 home runs in 2016, leading the Astros to bring him back for another season in Houston. It's unclear whether they plan for him to primarily catch or DH during the 2017 season, but regardless of his role, he has a good chance of continuing his high-power ways while he stays in Texas.
Gattis is out of the lineup Sunday against the Angels, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. With the Astros eliminated from the playoffs, manager A.J. Hinch grant some rest to a few key players during the regular season finale, including Gattis, Carlos Correa, Yulieski Gurriel and Alex Bregman. Gattis parlayed a hot September into arguably the best offensive season of his career, batting .251 with 32 homers and 72 RBI across 499 plate appearances.
Gattis homered and walked in a 1-for-3 game Monday against the Athletics. Gattis is bringing the power in September, as he already has six home runs in just 16 games this month. He also has a respectable 8:17 BB:K, and that plate discipline is what is forcing pitchers to throw him pitches he can hit out of the park. Expect Gattis to keep getting at-bats as Houston's designated hitter as they continue to push towards the playoffs.
Gattis is out of the lineup Thursday against the Indians. Gattis will get the afternoon off after making nine straight starts as a catcher or DH for Houston. In his stead, Jason Castro will man the backstop, while Jose Altuve serves as the DH.
Gattis is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rays. With the Astros adding Yulieski Gurriel to the roster a week ago, Gattis has seen his opportunities at DH take a hit, but he's made up for it by logging more starts at catcher. Expect that trend to continue the rest of the way, as Gattis makes up for his defensive deficiencies behind the plate by providing rare power at the position. Meanwhile, Jason Castro figures to see his at-bats decline as a result of Gattis taking on more catching duties, though Castro will serve as the backstop in Sunday's series finale.