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Astros' Collin McHugh impressed with Evan Gattis' first night back at catcher

Gattis homers in his first night back at catcher.

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Houston Astros one-time designated hitter, now designated hitter/catcher Evan Gattis made his first start at catcher on Thursday.

Gattis spent time in his first season with the Astros at designated hitter and in left field. In season two, hee was sent down to this past month to relearn the catcher position with Double-A Corpus Christi.

Gattis returned to the Astros before their series with the Chicago White Sox. He caught game three with Collin McHugh for seven innings and Scott Feldman for one inning.

The White Sox stole two bases on Gattis. Todd Frazier in the second and Jimmy Rollins in the seventh inning -- both ended up scoring. Both stolen bases came on off-speed pitches from McHugh.

McHugh said of Gattis' performance to's Brian McTaggart:

"The story of today is Evan Gattis," McHugh said. "He did a really good job behind the dish. I know a lot of people haven't had a chance to see him [because] it's been a couple of years since he's been back there, but he's solid. He's a big league catcher and everybody needs to understand that and recognize that."

On top of that, Gattis scored the Astros only run last night. He golfed a home run off Chris Sale's pitch at his knees.