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Brian McCann is hoping to be ready by Opening Day

Jan 14, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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Brian McCann was projected to miss the first few weeks of the season following shoulder surgery, but he’s more optimistic about it:

“If all goes well, it’s going to be hard for me to sit there and watch the team on Opening Day, if I’m feeling good … Being three months out of surgery, I feel like I’m ahead of schedule.  I feel better each day, and I’m very encouraged by the signs that I have received recently. Now that I’ve had the surgery, I can tell a huge difference with my range of motion and flexibility. This is as free as my shoulder has been for a few years.”

His speedy and effective return would eliminate a pretty big headache for the Braves. They signed Gerald Laird, but they lost David Ross, so if McCann is absent or ineffective, the catching corps is quite depleted compared to last season.

It would help him too, of course. He’s entering the final year of his contract.  If he returns to form and shows durability, he’s going to get a pretty massive deal for next year, one would assume.

  1. ame123 - Jan 14, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    The main question to me is does he or does he not need to be platooned with Darin Ruf?

  2. foreverchipper10 - Jan 15, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    I can only hope he is healthy and ready to go for the last 3/4 of the season. If he is ready by Opening Day that would be even better. Without Chipper to root for McCann is my guy.

  3. vanfrier - Jan 15, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    I think the Braves need McCann more than they think they do. He is what Chipper was, A lifer Atlanta ball player. You don’t find that often anymore. Sometimes a presence is more than numbers.
    You can count the great ones on one hand. Not the Cobb’s or Bond’s with he great numbers. But the ones that stand on the field and everyone looks at as THE MAN. The one that will some way somehow get it done.

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