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Brian McCann took batting practice for the first time since shoulder surgery

Mar 1, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

Brian McCann

He’s still unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, but Brian McCann felt healthy enough to take batting practice yesterday for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery in October.

McCann reported no issues and told Mark Bowman of MLB.com that “it was nice to get back in there and see something coming at you.”

Throwing may prove to be a bigger issue than hitting for McCann, but the Braves catcher has been making tosses from 120 feet every other day. Bowman writes that mid-April is the current target for his return, but there’s no official timetable yet and based on some of the previous reports that sounds fairly optimistic.

  1. historiophiliac - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    No rush. No rush. Tubby Laird has it covered. No need to risk further injury.

  2. chc4 - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    He never threw anyone out attempting to steal before shoulder surgery so his arm is actually irrelevant.

  3. Walk - Mar 1, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Jimmy rollins was running wild a few seasons ago, 2008 i think. He got caught only three times. Mac got him going into second. Mac’s arm is fine, he had trouble because hanson could not hold a runner to save his life. If tommy did not lead the league in stolen bases against for years to come i will be shocked. Bases are stolen off more than just a catcher.

  4. officialgame - Mar 1, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    This man is a critical piece of the puzzle.

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