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Gerald Laird | Catcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (34) / 11/13/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Cypress (CA) JC
Contract: view contract details

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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. Mar 6 - 12:57 PM

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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.
Mar 2 - 10:44 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.
Feb 27 - 2:28 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

Gerald Laird underwent a procedure Wednesday to remove his kidney stone.

Laird will likely need to miss a few days, but he will not require a trip to the disabled list. The Braves should be fine with Brian McCann and Evan Gattis behind the dish.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 04:29:00 PM

Gerald Laird left Sunday's game with a left hand contusion.

Laird was removed in the fourth inning after being hit by a pitch, but x-rays ruled out structural damage. He will avoid the disabled list and is listed as day-to-day.
Sun, Jul 21, 2013 04:05:00 PM

Gerald Laird left Sunday's game against the White Sox in the fourth inning after being hit on the left hand by a pitch.

Laird had also taken a beating behind the plate throughout the game. He'll surely undergo X-rays before the Braves update his status.
Sun, Jul 21, 2013 03:27:00 PM

Gerald Laird and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez were ejected in the third inning of Friday's game against the Phillies after arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Angel Hernandez.

Laird got heated after being called out on a questionable third strike to end the top half of the third inning, and Gonzalez got tossed for sticking up for his catcher after the fact. Brian McCann replaced Laird in the Braves' lineup.
Fri, Jul 5, 2013 07:58:00 PM

Gerald Laird went 1-for-3 in a rare start against the Mets on Sunday.

He has just four hits this month. Laird had four multi-hit games in April, but Atlanta understandably has no interest trotting him out with Evan Gattis and Brian McCann also on the roster. Outside of ocean-deep NL-only leagues, Laird (.267/.340/.311 over 53 plate appearances) can be ignored in fantasy.
Mon, May 27, 2013 12:46:00 AM

Gerald Laird (calf) is in the Braves' lineup Saturday.

Laird hasn't played the last week while dealing with a calf injury. The 33-year-old will open the season as the Braves' starting catcher with Brian McCann (shoulder) sidelined, but is doubtful to carry any fantasy value.
Sat, Mar 9, 2013 09:59:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Evan Gattis
2Gerald Laird
3Ryan Doumit
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Dan Uggla
2Tyler Pastornicky
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Chris Johnson
2Ramiro Pena
LF1Justin Upton
CF1B.J. Upton
2Jordan Schafer
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Ervin Santana
4Alex Wood
5Aaron Harang
6David Hale
7Gavin Floyd
8Brandon Beachy
9Kris Medlen
Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
2David Carpenter
3Jordan Walden
4Luis Avilan
5Anthony Varvaro
6Ian Thomas
7Gus Schlosser
8Jonny Venters
9Cory Gearrin