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Brian McCann due back from concussion on Saturday

Aug 13, 2014, 11:34 PM EDT

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Yankees manager Joe Girardi told MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch that he expects catcher Brian McCann to be activated off the disabled list this Saturday.

McCann was cleared to resume baseball activities Tuesday after passing another concussion test. He has been on the 7-day disabled list since August 9.

The Yankees — currently 2 1/2 games back of an American League Wild Card spot — need McCann to be much more productive down the stretch in his first year of a five-year, $85 million free agent contract.

McCann, 30, has batted just .238/.294/.384 with 13 home runs and 49 RBI through 103 games this season for New York.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:43 AM

    We can all safely assume he followed all the unwritten rules of being on the DL and will return the right way.

  2. pisano - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:14 AM

    Gee that’s great, that .238 BA will really help, it might keep them out of the cellar.

    • jwbiii - Aug 14, 2014 at 5:11 AM

      How dare you say that about the #12 catcher in the AL. He’s almost as good as Tyler Flowers!

      http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=c&stats=bat&lg=al&qual=210&type=8&season=2014&month=0&season1=2014&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0&sort=16,d

  3. f.verd - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Is there any way to go back to the beginning of the year and simulate what would have happened to the Yankees’ won-lost record (increased run scoring compared to the existing final score) if McCann had hit his normal baseball-card average with runners in scoring position? I’ll bet that would be interesting. What might be even more astounding would be to do the same for Beltran. Would they be running away with the East title?

    • pete2112 - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:20 AM

      I’m not sure one thing went as planned this season and that’s not even mentioning what happened to their pitching staff. It’s just one of those years you want to throw away and hope they can at least erase some of its memory by a better 2015.

    • stex52 - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:30 AM

      I think the Rangers would have first call on any claims to do-overs. They have had incredible bad luck this year with injuries and underperformance. I’m not even counting the Prince Fielder deal. That was just dumb.

      I’m not even remotely a fan of the Rangers. But they are the sad luck story for this year.

      • pete2112 - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:58 AM

        I think it’s too close to call who was hit harder. When you lose four out of five of your starting rotation it’s pretty hard to expect a decent season.

    • stex52 - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:37 AM

      But here is a possible answer to your question. McCann’s WAR last year was 2.4. This year he is 1.2 to date. Figure he finishes the season at 1.5. Then that is one more win. Beltran is 0.3. Last year he was 2.4.

      So a pretty good estimate might be three games better. But that might be optimistic; I think it was a leap of faith for Yankee’s management to ever assume that Beltran was ever going to be as good this year as last year.

  4. jfk69 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Who cares. Beltran and Elfberry can take a powder as well. They won’t be missed.

    • pete2112 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      I don’t know about that. Ellsbury has played some great defense and you can’t just ignore that part even if his offense took a slide this season.

  5. serbingood - Aug 14, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Just my opinion but Cervelli is overall a better catcher. He traps the wayward balls better, calls a great game and given the at bats, might actually be a better hitter. ‘Cisco could be a starting Catcher on about 28 other teams right now.

    While I hope that McCann has fully recovered, no one has really noticed that he was not in the line up. Whatever – Girardi and company are doing well with what they have. There’s always next year.

    • pete2112 - Aug 14, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      I agree with all of that. Sadly, I can’t see McCann being a full time catcher for more than a couple season’s and we know from his few stints playing first this season, he can’t do that effectively, so that means a DH role down the road for him opening the door more for Cervelli. I hope they hold onto Cervelli and start playing him more sort of like what they did with Girardi and Posada back in the day. I’ve always liked his enthusiasm and attitude out on the field and he just seems to have a good rapport with all of the pitchers.

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