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Brian McCann dealing with strained intercostal muscle

Apr 28, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

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Brian McCann left last night’s game against the Pirates after five innings with what was described as an intercostal muscle strain in his right side.

McCann missed a little over two weeks last July with a strained left oblique muscle and wasn’t nearly the same player upon his return, but he told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he doesn’t think this injury is as severe. While he’s scheduled to be reevaluated today, he’ll likely sit out the next couple of games.

“Just want to be smart about things and make sure I make this a day or two or three thing instead of a DL stint,” McCann said. “Just precautionary reasons. We wanted to make sure it heals up.”

McCann, 28, is batting .250/.300/.422 with three homers, nine RBI and a .722 OPS over 70 plate appearances this season. Quality backup David Ross will fill in until he is ready to return to the lineup.

  1. Utley's Hair - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Would this story be intercoast bias?

  2. bigleagues - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Intercostal muscle strain has seemingly replaced 2011’s contusion (bone, quad, thigh) as MLB’s en vogue injury.

    This is at least the 3rd or 4th time someone has been DL’ed since end of March for intercostal muscle strain. Brian Matusz and Ronny Cedeno are two others that come to mind, but I’m positive there have been a few others.

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