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Brian McCann begins rehab, at least two weeks from return

Apr 26, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

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UPDATE: So much for McCann potentially coming off the disabled list early next week, as manager Fredi Gonzalez told Mark Bowman of MLB.com that the plan is for his minor-league rehab stint to last at least 10 games.

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Brian McCann had to put his rehab from shoulder surgery on hold because of a wrist injury, but David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves catcher is feeling good enough to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tonight.

McCann will be in the lineup for high Single-A Rome and it sounds like the plan is for him to play there all weekend before potentially coming off the disabled list as soon as Monday.

McCann and the Braves have been targeting May 1 as a return date, which would be Wednesday, so it’s possible they’ll ask the catcher to put in a little more time in the minors. McCann hit just .219 with a .653 OPS in the second half last season while playing through the shoulder pain, finishing with a career-worst .698 OPS after four straight seasons above .800.

  1. realgone2 - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    As long as they don’t send Gattis down.

    • GoneYickitty - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      I really like Gattis, but pitchers have made some adjustments and he needs to adjust to that. Come September, I would rather have had Gattis getting hundreds of AB’s in AAA and fixing the small issues he has than getting two out of five starts for the Braves and not really being able to get consistency. I think the Braves make the playoffs pretty easily so that’s why I would sacrifice some regular season wins to be stronger going into the playoffs.

      • hittfamily - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:57 PM

        2011 wasn’t all that long ago. I thought the Braves would make it relatively easily. A good start means nothing other than you finish April as a good team.

      • illegalblues - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        agreed, he’s shown he can hit major league hitting, but pitchers are finding holes pretty quickly. get the guy some reps.

  2. knowlegeforyou - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Just in time to dh against the tigers

    • realgone2 - Apr 26, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      Um…..it says May 1st. That’s this coming Wed. The Tigers series is this weekend.

  3. historiophiliac - Apr 26, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Waiting for the lineup to come out….hoping that Tubby Laird returns to the D for an easy out.

  4. 13arod - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    better send down larid when he is ready

  5. blabidibla - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Gattis will have more ABs than McCann at years end.

  6. knowlegeforyou - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Well so much for having him back to play in the Tigers series.

  7. indaburg - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    But what’s going to happen to Gattitude?

    • historiophiliac - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      I’m loving that Gattitude tonight!

      • indaburg - Apr 26, 2013 at 10:02 PM

        Hellz yeah! Anibel is my fantasy pitcher. Woot-woot!

        More like choke-itude, amirite?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 26, 2013 at 10:13 PM

        That’s what I’m talking about, baby! I’m jumping up and down and acting the fool at the TV! He was on fire tonight.

        Who the hell walks Don Kelly? I didn’t even know there was a pitch he WOULDN’T hack at.

      • indaburg - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        Ha! It’s funny ’cause it’s true.

  8. foreverchipper10 - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Oh man oh man please play at AAA next week and come to Scranton. I already have my tickets for the 11th.

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