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Yankees activate Brian McCann from concussion disabled list

Aug 17, 2014, 12:32 PM EDT

From WFAN beat reporter Sweeny Murti

McCann wound up missing eight days with a concussion that he suffered last Friday night when he took a Mike Aviles foul-tip off his catcher’s mask. The 30-year-old backstop has been a major disappointment in his first season with the Yankees, batting .238/.294/.384 with 13 home runs and 49 RBI in 103 games. He was signed to a five-year, $85 million free agent contract in November 2013 after nine great years with Atlanta.

  1. csbanter - Aug 17, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    major is an understatement where is the player we watched in Atlanta

  2. serbingood - Aug 17, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Leave Cervelli in the lineup Joe. Overall – this year – he is the better defensive catcher and his hitting is getting solid as he has more time in lineup and less bench warming. Let McCann warm the bench for a bit. Never know when you’ll need a left handed semi-power hitter in a critical spot.

  3. genericcommenter - Aug 17, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    It’s pretty bad when you either really need to get Jeter’s bat in the lineup or have no other option at DH.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    He hasn’t played in over a week- he might be a little rusty on how to pull the ball directly into the shift. I’m sure Kevin Long has done extra work with him on the side to remind him how NOT to go the other way even though there is no one on the left side of the infield.

  5. bolweevils2 - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    The foul tips are one thing, you can’t do anything about them except perhaps design better equipment. But what gets me is when catchers get dinged because the batter lets go with one hand and windmills on his follow through clonking the catcher on the back of the head.

    The player should be responsible for their bat on the follow through, just like the catcher is responsible for not reaching out and getting hit by the bat on the swing. Just make a rule that if you hit the catcher with the bat on your follow through, you’re out and any runners return to their base. If you just keep both hands on the bat it would never happen, so it’s easily preventable. And the release with one hand happens after you would have made contact, so it shouldn’t impact your ability to hit the ball.

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