5/28/2014 7:44 P.M. ET
After day off, Gattis returns to starting lineup
By Steven Petrella / MLB.com
BOSTON -- Braves catcher Evan Gattis was back in the lineup Wednesday night after being scratched Tuesday night just prior to the game with a strained right wrist.
Gattis began feeling discomfort during batting practice Tuesday, but he took some swings off a tee prior to Atlanta's first of two games at Fenway Park. He then took swings in the cage and was added to the lineup about 90 minutes before first pitch.
Gerald Laird was originally set to catch and bat eighth, but Gattis caught and hit fifth. Ryan Doumit was the designated hitter and batted sixth.
"It was weird. I've never had a wrist injury before, so I just took precaution, but it feels good," said Gattis, who added that the injury came out of nowhere.
Ankle feeling better, but Simmons sits
BOSTON -- Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons came into the visitors' clubhouse at Fenway Park on Wednesday "begging" manager Fredi Gonzalez to get him into the lineup, but Atlanta's skipper told the 24-year-old he'll have to wait one more day.
Simmons exited in the seventh inning of Tuesday night's loss to the Red Sox with right ankle inflammation, something he said had been bothering him on and off for a few weeks. After a day-off Wednesday at Fenway Park --- where the temperature is barely cracking 50 degrees and mist has been falling all day --- Gonzalez is opting to play it safe.
Ramiro Pena started at shortstop and batted ninth.
"We're going to give him another day, especially when it's misty and rainy," Gonzalez said. "We don't want another setback."
Simmons won't take any swings prior to the game, either.
"But there's no long-term thing there," Gonzalez said.
Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.