Gattis went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored in Friday's 5-2 win over the Mariners.
Gattis, who started at catcher for the first time since Aug. 29, has been limited over the second half of the season due to a wrist injury and a concussion. He's been held to just 19 games and 68 at-bats since the All-Star break. Brian McCann will catch most of the games over the final two weeks of the season, but manager A.J. Hinch acknowledged to Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle a need to prepare Gattis for the postseason. "It's tough when you go into (the postseason), you want to have some routine and some rhythm," Hinch said. "I want to get Gattis' bat going. He's a force at the plate. I've got to get him back into the lineup to get his bat going. He hasn't had a ton of at-bats."
Gattis served as Houston's designated hitter Sunday, going 0-for-3 in a 10-2 loss to the Athletics.
Gattis, who had missed 10 games due to the effects of a concussion, was activated Saturday but didn't appear in that day's doubleheader. With extra catchers on the roster during the month of September and Carlos Beltran's average hovering around .230, Gattis could get regular at-bats as the team's DH over the final weeks of the season.
Gattis (wrist) was activated from the 10-day DL prior to Saturday's doubleheader against the A's.
Gattis could be back behind the plate for one of the Astros' contests Saturday, but the club may choose to ease his way back after playing a full game at the catching position for Low-A Quad Cities on Thursday. He also competed in another rehab game Friday, and seems to be at full health as he returns to the active roster for Houston.
Gattis (wrist) will be activated for Saturday's game against Oakland, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Gattis's wrist felt good enough for him to play a full game behind the plate at Low-A Quad Cities, even if he did wind up going hitless in the rehab appearance. It's unclear if Gattis will immediately return to Houston's lineup, but with the 40-man September roster, the club has the luxury to activate him even if he might need a few rest days in the next week or two.
Gattis (wrist) started at catcher and went 0-for-4 for Low-A Quad Cities on Thursday.
This was Gattis' first appearance while on a rehabilitation assignment with the River Bandits, who qualified for the Midwest League playoffs. Gattis had been expected to play in the series opener Wednesday, but his first appearance was delayed until Thursday. The series is even at 1-1 with the decisive game scheduled Friday, giving Gattis at least one more opportunity to prepare for his return to Houston.
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