CINCINNATI – Braves shortstop Alex Gonzalez was taken to an area hospital early Friday morning and treated for gastritis. He hoped to return to the lineup Saturday or Sunday.
“It’s better now, but I can’t go tonight,” he said in the clubhouse before Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati. “Got to wait.”
Gonzalez was out of the lineup Thursday at Washington with what manager Bobby Cox described as a 101-degree fever and flu-like symptoms.
Gonzalez said Friday that a pinching sensation he felt in his sides Thursday moved to his stomach and became a burning discomfort that woke him at about 4 a.m. Friday. He called the Braves’ trainer, Jeff Porter, who drove him to a local hospital.
Gonzalez said he’s been treated for gastritis before, but the symptoms were more severe this time, including fever and fatigue on Thursday.
Gastritis is an inflammation of the lining of the stomach. Gonzalez was treated with antibiotics and instructed to eat lightly for the time being and avoid hot or spicy food.