Hot-hitting McCann takes day off after extra-inning game

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.”

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McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 29th, 2011
8:16 pm

Thanks, Chief!

SPASMS?? OH holy goodness, please no…

Mtn Brave

May 29th, 2011
8:19 pm

Tom

May 29th, 2011
8:56 pm

As good as his bat is, think the Braves should find another position for him to play besides catcher?? Just a thought?

dre

May 29th, 2011
10:03 pm

Yawnnnnnn, has the baseball season begun?

What's with the chaw?

May 29th, 2011
10:13 pm

Shaffer makes me sick. Now I know they are not allowed to have tobacco in the minors so why is it so important that he have the big ole piece of chaw in his jaw on national tv for millions of kids to see? Makes me sick!

groundfog

May 29th, 2011
10:16 pm

I’m not ready to coronate Scafer the next Andruw Jones like everybody just cause they hate Mclouth

katherine

May 29th, 2011
10:16 pm

lol why do you care what he is chewing? I’m more worried about his hitting personally…

What's with the chaw?

May 29th, 2011
10:19 pm

We have been trying to eliminate chewing tobacco from society for years. It’s addictive, sickining, and gross. There are probably at least 50,000 kids age 6-12 who see that tonight and it just reinforces that it’s cool. That’s why. Plus if he needs that to hit then he ain’t going to hit. It’s just a crutch. 24 years old….I just hate seeing a good looking kid do it.

katherine

May 29th, 2011
10:19 pm

I don’t hate Mclouth…he is having a pretty good season so far…..and way to throw the batter out at home! go PRADO

dap01

May 29th, 2011
10:26 pm

To have a catcher like Ross on the bench, there is no excuse to overuse McCann. Also, we are going to ruin the careers of Venters and Kimbrell by the constant overuse.

katherine

May 29th, 2011
10:28 pm

i doubt most kids that age even know what he has in his mouth or even notice…for all they know it could be a big wad of gum….

dap01

May 29th, 2011
10:31 pm

Schafer needs to realize that a huge chew was last cool in the 80’s.

katherine

May 29th, 2011
10:31 pm

kimbrel will blow it again

alex

May 29th, 2011
10:33 pm

what,s with etc. I agree it’s gross, but I’d rather outlaw the icecream for obese people or the french fries or the cheese covered nachos, etc. etc. The point is he’s an adult, he can make his decisions, parents can tell THEIR kids about the garbage.. Oh yes ‘d like to be part of the BUD police and eliminate alcohol at the ball park, I would also like to be the morality czar……Right after I throw out half the fans for cussing around my child

katherine

May 29th, 2011
10:33 pm

lol i doubt he thinks its cool…he obviously likes it…..it is still a free country

Beauvighn

May 29th, 2011
10:34 pm

I swear if Kimbrel blows this freakin game …and schafer’s chew at least makes him look 18

Beauvighn

May 29th, 2011
10:35 pm

Kimbrel is making me a basket case

katherine

May 29th, 2011
10:36 pm

me too! i can’t stand how he always walks the first batter

katherine

May 29th, 2011
10:37 pm

katherine

May 29th, 2011
10:38 pm

he cant find the frickin strike zone

katherine

May 29th, 2011
10:40 pm

yesssssss. thank the lord its over lol

woodie

May 29th, 2011
10:41 pm

Kimbrel sucks….wait- he’s GREAT !!! LOL !!

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braves fan forever

May 29th, 2011
11:42 pm

I think Kimbrell reminds me of the guy that use to make Earl Weaver smoke two packs of Cigarettes while he was pitching.Kimbrell is young and will get better with time he has to stuff to pitch here.I hope Jordan shcafer is here to stay.He looks a lot different at the plate now.Still needs to use his speed more.He can defintley cover a lot of ground in center field.I still question the move to take jurrens out by Gonzalez and to me the jury is still out on him.Hey at least we took the series and we don’t need to take San Diego lightly.

mathman

May 29th, 2011
11:53 pm

Chipper usually has a big wad of chew. Maybe, Schafer is mimicking him. Whatever it is, McLouse needs to try it. Might help his arm and bat.

Kevin

May 30th, 2011
12:13 am

I think Schafer wins the CF job in these next few weeks. I think when Heyward and McLouth are healthy that Wilkin Ramirez and Joe Mather are the odd guys out. I would love to see Mather stay up here but McLouth is more versatile and lets face it right now and for the rest of the season Mather is just a defensive replacement and McLouth is much better in that department than him.

DC Braves Fan

May 30th, 2011
9:26 am

Best thing in the world Fredi could do for McCann is sit him for the day game on Memorial Day. The guy is worn out and it isn’t even June yet. Day games are hard on catchers. Give him a rest and let him pinch hit. He needs a couple days off together here and there to get his bat speed back.

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