McCann out of lineup for second straight game

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.”

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Reid in EAV

May 28th, 2010
8:12 pm

We’re really lucky to have Rossy. He’d be a starter on lots of other teams.

bearcatjacket

May 28th, 2010
8:26 pm

I remember watching the Braves in 65/66, and they had this catcher named ‘Joe Torre’. I wonder if Joe ever tweaked a muscle back then? Did Eddie Matthews lose as much time as Chipper?

It’s the same game – same species playing it. Different market, I guess. The word, ‘wuss’ didn’t exist, either.

Coach D

May 28th, 2010
9:19 pm

Ross is a class act. Hopefully he’ll stay around for a while.

Bill in VA

May 28th, 2010
9:31 pm

Two days ago I suggested getting Ross in a bit more often, to avoid wear & tear on Mac’s body & to get Ross’ bat in. I took some flak about Ross’ bat :)

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
10:18 pm

The only thing funnier than Smoltz jokes was Joe Simpson’s career…
Wait, I meant sadder not funnier…

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
10:19 pm

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
10:20 pm

Hit him in a bad spot, center of his glove.

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
10:21 pm

Why was McCuthchen’s do-rag blurred out ?

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
10:24 pm

Nate needs replacing. A blind man can see that.

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
10:31 pm

Duke needs to learn how to lose a full game not just 5 innings !
As Smoltz just said, Pirates need to keep a lot of the players they let go (except Nate).

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
10:33 pm

Smoltz must have a guy in his fantasy league with Duke on his team ?

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
10:34 pm

I’d rather watch a Maalox commercial than JJ…

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
10:37 pm

Escobar is awful too. Replace Nate with Schafer and Escobar with Infante. Now.

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
10:40 pm

Two years ago I suggested getting Bobby Cox out from managing a bit more often, to avoid wear & tear on his body & to get another manager in. I took some flak about Cox managing.

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
10:42 pm

Yeah, wear your arm out Lowe. Who needs a bullpen ?

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
10:43 pm

6 runs isn’t safe enough to bring Chavez in a game. You need a 14 run lead to do that.

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
10:44 pm

Lastings named his first born son Firstings.

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
10:46 pm

Nice camera work of the seats and the fat old guy in a green shirt’s shoes…

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
10:49 pm

You know why Smoltz couldn’t shoot Joe a bird ? He was all thumbs.

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
10:52 pm

Somebody ask Smoltz this : Since Roger Clemens was caught using steroids along with Andy Pettitte and several other pitchers, how many pitchers percentage-wise used steroids from 1990 to 2005 in your estimate ?

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
10:56 pm

Wainright… Reminds me again of the awful J.D. drew one year rental trade…

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
10:58 pm

O’Flaherty is O’Flucked up tonight…

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
11:00 pm

You should win every game that you lead after 8 innings.

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
11:01 pm

Why is Bobby wearing a jacket when its 80 degrees ?

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
11:01 pm

O’Flaherty needs to go to the minors for a lot of seasoning.

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
11:03 pm

If Chavez comes in Braves may lose.

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
11:04 pm

Escobar’s got a cannon for an arm and a toothpick for a bat.

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
11:06 pm

Here’s a joke for Smoltz : “Why is Bobby Cox wearing a jacket ? The smart fans are giving him the cold shoulder…”

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
11:09 pm

Why does a manager wear a uniform anyway ? He ain’t gonna play. Football coaches don’t wear pads and jerseys.

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
11:12 pm

If the Braves hire a man to retrieve the bats will he have Bat Man on back of his jersey ?

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
11:20 pm

You gotta play defense AND HIT to stay a major leaguer.
It might not be raining cats and dogs but it is raining kittens and puppies.

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
11:20 pm

So a Hefty trash bag is a balloon ?

robdawg08

May 28th, 2010
11:25 pm

Peachtree Tv must operate on a shoestring budget to show a wiper cam and tarp on the field instead of alternative programming ?

NO MORE BOBBY

May 29th, 2010
2:50 am

I appreciate McCann but am liking Ross in there at the moment. Seems to not play as bubblegum like Mac.

Braves need a trainer

May 29th, 2010
11:10 am

Forgive me if this is beating a dead horse, but has ANYONE approached Mc Cann about losing about 60 pounds?
As someone who LOVES the catching position as he frequently states and does NOT want to try first, he is shockingly WAY out of shape. The knees, squatting all the time….legs (quads) take a beating. He is WAY too young to be so heavy an MLB player…
Perhaps when Bobby retires, alot of the coaches will go with him and get some of these guys off the cheetos and more laps… Chipper has repeatedly told everyone he HATES running..Quite evident going down the first base line…

K-Baby

May 29th, 2010
11:44 am

Hey robdawg08, Newsflash……..This is a blog, not your Twitter account!

K-Baby

May 29th, 2010
11:46 am

I hope they can resign Ross for several more years. Isn’t this the last year of his 2-year contract?

Del Crandel's Gold Gloves

May 29th, 2010
2:34 pm

I have an idea. Perhaps McCann should learn how to stop the ball and throw, in addition to hitting and calling a good game. That just requires training and hard work.

Also, does McCann knoow that he is actually supposed to block the plate to keep runners from scoring?

Del Crandal's Gold Gloves

May 29th, 2010
2:34 pm

or Crandal’s

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 29th, 2010
2:45 pm

Braves need a trainer

60 pounds?? You have GOT to be kidding! If he lost 60 pounds, he’d look like Tim Hudson! Yeah…that’s how you want your catcher…with all that heavy gear on and the wear and tear he takes during these hot Summers, if he weighed 170 (what you’re stating he should weigh), he’d be dead by August.

Del Crandel’s Gold Gloves

He stops the ball (no PBs the year…pitchers have thrown some WPs, but McCann has NO PBs). He throws, too. He’s caught 8 of 30 base-runners. No, that’s not outstanding, but it’s decent. He also makes plays on bunts like nobody’s business. He turned a DP with a fielded bunt not too long ago.

He also cann keep runners from scoring. Did you see that play against the Marlins on Wednesday (5th inning)? He stood there and took it. He took a hit from Francoeur back in April as well. Sometimes he is way out in front of the plate, but a lot of those times he had to be in order to actually get the throw.

That just requires training and hard work.

He works hard. You better believe it, he works hard!

Resign or Re-sign?

May 29th, 2010
3:00 pm

Somehow, after reading the prior posts, I knew you were comin’, McFann!

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 29th, 2010
3:04 pm

Resign or Re-sign?

Heck yeah…I couldn’t let those two go!

Resign or Re-sign?

May 29th, 2010
3:15 pm

NO MORE BOOBY:

Your handle and preference of Ross over McCann only serve to exhibit your lack of baseball knowledge! I like Ross also, but not as a starter over McCann! …and Bobby Cox is an all-time manager; anyone with any appreciation for the game knows it.

Resign or Re-sign?

May 29th, 2010
3:15 pm

Sorry; Fraudian slip; I meant NO MORE BOBBY!

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 29th, 2010
3:16 pm

Yeah, I was just gonna ignore NMB…”play as bubblegum”? Lord help us…

Idot

May 29th, 2010
4:10 pm

McCann does not need to lose any weight.
Does Braves need a trainer, want him to look like one of those runway fashion models.

Idot

May 29th, 2010
4:12 pm

Ross is looking very good behind the plate. He could be a starter on about any team.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 29th, 2010
4:53 pm

Idot McCann does not need to lose any weight.

I agree. He looks fine…better than ‘08. I’d say he’s sticking to his diet.

Does Braves need a trainer, want him to look like one of those runway fashion models.

Could be he’s just a weirdy.

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