Brian McCann was out of the Braves lineup Friday, the second straight game he missed with a strained right quadriceps. However, both McCann and manager Bobby Cox said the catcher was healthy enough to play if needed.
“My quad feels better,” McCann said. “Bobby decided to play [David Ross]. I will be in there for a pinch hit or be in there late. … I would have to take it easy on the bases, but other than that I feel good.”
McCann felt a “tweak” running between first and second on Yunel Escobar’s fly out in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s game against Florida. He said he caught it before it turned into a “pull.”
McCann underwent an ultrasound treatment and stretching before Friday’s game.
In his last two starts, Ross is 3-for-7 with a double and three RBIs. In 10 starts this season before Friday, Ross is batting .265 (9-for-34) with eight RBIs, seven walks and a .390 on-base percentage.
“I’m definitely the back up catcher and have a back up role, but the day I’m starting, I’m a starter,” Ross said. “… I’m going to do the best I can in my at-bats and call the best game I can. I try to give it all I’ve got the day I play – if that’s once a week or twice a week great. Or if Mac goes down and I have to play 15 in a row like last year. That’s what they pay me for.”