One day after his four-hit, two-homer game against the Reds, catcher Brian McCann was out of the starting lineup Sunday. And he was sitting against a pitcher in Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto he’d hit two home runs off of in six career at-bats against.
But to the Braves and McCann, it’s about more than numbers. It’s about how he’s holding up behind the plate. And McCann and manager Fredi Gonzalez decided after he caught 12 innings in Saturday night’s win over the Reds, he needed the day off.
“He was pretty beat up last night,” said Gonzalez, who originally planned to give McCann Monday’s day game off against the Padres. “…I don’t know if he was cramping yesterday or spasming in his back, but why take a chance on catching him today?”
McCann pointed out that after catching a long extra-inning game the night before, his bat isn’t as quick as it would normally be. He has caught 11 or more innings and played the next day four times this season. He’s hit a combined 3-for-17 (.176) the following day.
“My bat,” he said, shaking his head. “I’m doing worse for the team.”