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Gerald Laird | Catcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (35) / 11/13/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Cypress (CA) JC
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Gerald Laird (oblique) returned to the Braves lineup without missing a beat on Friday, going 2-for-4 with a run scored in a victory over the Diamondbacks.
The veteran backstop sat out the previous three contests due to a strained right oblique. He will continue to share the bulk of the playing time with Christian Bethancourt while Evan Gattis is stowed away on the disabled list. Sat, Jul 5, 2014 04:11:00 AM

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Gerald Laird (oblique) expects to return to the lineup Friday.

Christian Bethancourt has caught three straight games while Laird nurses a right oblique strain that he originally suffered a couple weeks ago. However, Laird thinks he'll be ready to roll Friday. "If (Bethancourt) wasn’t here I could play, (Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez) knows that," said Laird. "(Gonzalez) just said, let’s nip it in the bud and then Friday will probably be my day to play."
Fri, Jul 4, 2014 09:10:00 AM

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Thursday that it appears Gerald Laird did not suffer a concussion.

Laird left Thursday's game against the Rockies after he was hit in the mask by Corey Dickerson's backswing, but it appears he's avoided a serious issue. Consider the catcher day-to-day.
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 06:12:00 PM

Gerald Laird left Thursday's game against the Rockies in the eighth inning after he was hit in the mask by Corey Dickerson's backswing.

Laird was on the ground for a moment before being helped off the field. He was replaced in the game by Evan Gattis. The Braves should pass along on update on Laird's status soon, but he'll undoubtedly be tested for a possible concussion.
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 05:45:00 PM

Gerald Laird went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Friday's 3-2 victory over the Rockies.

Laird did most of the heavy lifting for the Braves' offense on Friday, as he delivered an RBI double in the bottom of the second inning and later hit a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth. The veteran backstop is batting .208/.288/.264 through 18 games this season. He's a perfectly useful backup catcher, but nights like this one figure to be few and far between.
Sat, May 24, 2014 12:03:00 AM

Gerald Laird went 2-for-4 with a run scored against the Brewers on Tuesday.

Laird has appeared in 15 games this year, but Tuesday was his first multi-hit game. The catcher also scored in the Braves' three-run third inning. Laird is primarily a backup to Evan Gattis, who missed Tuesday's game due to viral symptoms.
Tue, May 20, 2014 10:19:00 PM

Gerald Laird (back) is nearly ready to return to Grapefruit League games.

Laird has been out for a week with a lower back strain, but he caught a few side sessions on Wednesday and woke up Thursday without any major discomfort. He should be 100 percent by the start of the regular season.
Thu, Mar 6, 2014 12:57:00 PM

Gerald Laird (back) will be sidelined at least a few more days.

Laird left Thursday's game with a lower back strain and his back remains an issue. There's no reason for the Braves to push him at this point, as he has plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day.
Sun, Mar 2, 2014 10:44:00 AM

Gerald Laird left Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers with a lower back strain.

The Braves are calling him "day-to-day." Laird could need a week or so of rest, but he should have no problem catching up before the start of the 2014 regular season.
Thu, Feb 27, 2014 02:28:00 PM

Braves activated C Gerald Laird from the 15-day disabled list.

Laird missed the last couple weeks while recovering from a procedure to remove a kidney stone. He'll return to being Brian McCann's backup.
Sun, Aug 11, 2013 08:41:00 AM

Gerald Laird (kidney stone) will come off the disabled list on Sunday.

Laird underwent a procedure to remove a kidney stone on July 31. He's been rehabbing with Triple-A Gwinnett in recent days. Todd Cunningham will be demoted to Triple-A to make room for Laird on the 25-man roster.
Sat, Aug 10, 2013 11:24:00 PM

Gerald Laird (kidney stone) will catch and bat second Friday in a rehab game with Triple-A Gwinnett.

Laird underwent a procedure last week to remove a kidney stone, but he's feeling back to normal. If all goes well, he could be activated from the DL as soon as Saturday.
Fri, Aug 9, 2013 05:24:00 PM

Gerald Laird (kidney stone) could be activated from the disabled list as early as Saturday.

Laird on Wednesday will either take batting practice or possibly begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Rome. He'll play for Triple-A Gwinnett Friday before likely returning Saturday.
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 08:58:00 PM

Braves placed C Gerald Laird on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 26, with a kidney stone.

Laird underwent a procedure Wednesday to remove his kidney stone but still needs a few more days to recover. He should be a candidate to rejoin the team next week when first eligible.
Sat, Aug 3, 2013 12:23:00 PM

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Gerald Laird (kidney stone) needs a few more days to recover.

Laird waited three days to pass the stone before Wednesday's procedure to remove it. He will not travel with the team to Philadelphia. With Brian McCann and Evan Gattis behind the dish, Atlanta has the luxury of waiting for Laird to recover without placing him on the disabled list.
Fri, Aug 2, 2013 08:38:00 AM

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