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Brian McCann to go on DL after injuring oblique

Jul 26, 2011, 10:42 PM EDT

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11:30 p.m. EDT update: It’s a strained left oblique for McCann, and he will go on the disabled list prior to Wednesday’s game.  J.C. Boscan is likely to replace him,while David Ross takes over as the Braves’ starting catcher.

11:10 p.m. EDT update: The Braves have confirmed that it’s an injury to his left side, which suggests an oblique strain.

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Brian McCann injured his side or back making a throw in the 10th inning Tuesday and left a tie game against the Pirates.

David Ross took his place behind the plate.

McCann was injured while launching a throw into center field.  He tried testing the injury with a toss back to the mound afterwards, but he was too hurt to continue.

Losing McCann to the disabled list would be quite a blow to the Braves, even though they have one of the game’s back backup catchers in David Ross.  McCann had two hits tonight, raising his average to .306, and he leads all major league catchers with 18 homers and 55 RBI this season.

  1. bleedgreen - Jul 27, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    I don’t want to see anyone get hurt, but if this can help the Phils pull another 2-3 games ahead in the standings, it should… SHOULD, effectively start putting dirt on their grave. Being 9-10 games up at the beginning of August should be pretty easy to maintain, even if you do start playing mediocre.

  2. davebrownspiral - Jul 27, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    McCann going down might have just forced the Braves hand into the Beltran sweepstakes.

    • FC - Jul 27, 2011 at 5:51 PM

      McCann out… Beltran going to the Giants… I may have to reassess my personal opinion on the Braves being better than the Giants… let’s wait and see what Atlanta does…

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