Brian McCann began his minor league rehabilitation Friday night in Triple-A Gwinnett, going 1-for-3 with an RBI single, in what the Braves hope will be a short stint.
McCann was eligible to come off the disabled list Friday but the Braves wanted him to test his left oblique in at least two games, possibly returning as early as Sunday.
“If he’s good, he’ll maybe go Sunday,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Sunday at the earliest.”
McCann got four at-bats at DH on Friday and is slated to catch on Saturday.
“Swinging is not the problem, it’s when he’s throwing, at the end,” Gonzalez said. “But he threw pretty good in Miami. It had gotten better every day.”
Both Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens are on target to make their scheduled starts against the Giants, Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.
Hanson skipped a start with shoulder soreness but said Friday he felt good, three days after receiving a cortisone shot. Jurrjens (knee) expects to be ready Wednesday, the first day he’s eligible to come off the DL.