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 Posted: Mon May 16th, 2016 04:47 pm
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Evan Gattis is returning to the Houston Astros.

Following their 10-9 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, the Astros announced that Gattis has been recalled from Double-A to serve as the team's backup catcher.

Houston had optioned the 29-year-old to Corpus Christi on May 7 to get some reps behind the plate. Though catcher is his natural position, Gattis hasn't caught in a major-league game since 2014, when he was with the Atlanta Braves. Since joining the Astros last season, Gattis has been employed strictly as a designated hitter, save for 11 games in left field.

The Astros are also hoping that the brief trip to the minors will help Gattis regain his power stroke, which could help boost the struggling team. After hitting over 20 home runs in each of his first three major-league seasons, he's struggled to begin 2016, hitting just .203/.257/.313 with one home run at the big-league level. He did show signs in Corpus Christi, posting a .375/.405/.800 line with five homers over his week-long Double-A stint.

To make room on the 25-man roster, Houston optioned outfielder Preston Tucker to Triple-A Fresno, while also designating backup catcher Erik Kratz for assignment.