McCann 1-for-3 in first rehab game – updated

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.

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bruce

August 12th, 2011
6:21 pm

Go Brian!!! great news.

P-Man

August 12th, 2011
6:22 pm

Good news! Thanks for keeping us updated!

bruce

August 12th, 2011
6:30 pm

Bet Brian is sad he is not at the ATL for Bobby’s event tonight… would’ve been nice to figure out a way to make that happen… police escort?

gcs

August 12th, 2011
6:36 pm

Get Well Soon!

Olinde Mare

August 12th, 2011
6:43 pm

Why does McCann have to do rehab in Gwinnett ? What’s the difference in playing in Gwinnett or Atlanta as far as getting reinjured ? He’s gonna do the same exact thing whether he’s in Gwinnett or Atlanta ? I never understood having to rehab in minors. Just go ahead and play. Jeez.

McFann O O It won't be long, now!!!

August 12th, 2011
6:49 pm

bruce

Yeah…Such a bummer he doesn’t get to be there! :cry:

Nateforpresident

August 12th, 2011
6:49 pm

So everyone is back but Moylan and Medlen?

Brian

August 12th, 2011
6:50 pm

So who gets hurt next? It seems when the Braves are ready to activate a player from the DL, another player gets hurt.

ted william's head

August 12th, 2011
6:53 pm

I guess Mac has forgotten Bobby already

Olinde Mare

August 12th, 2011
6:53 pm

NFL & NBA players don’t rehab in a minor league. Its so stupid to rehab in the minors when all he’s gonna do is catch 9 innings & have 4 at bats. How does doing that at Gwinnett make him safer ?

Michael Procton

August 12th, 2011
6:56 pm

Olindo-There are at least two good reasons: 1. It is a lower-pressure environment where McCann can go at the pace and effort his body tells him to without worrying about costing the big club games in the standings. 2. In the event of a setback, he does not have to be placed BACK on the DL for another two weeks.

Michael Procton

August 12th, 2011
6:59 pm

Actually, Olinde, NBA players DO rehab in the NBDL. Jonny Flynn and James Anderson are among the players who have done so.

Olinde Mare

August 12th, 2011
7:04 pm

Lower pressure ? McCann at .20 % is better than Ross at 100 %. And we know McCann is at least 80 % to be trying to play again.

What do they do with him if his 15 day DL time is up and he can’t play ? Either way he goes back on DL.

Olinde Mare

August 12th, 2011
7:06 pm

NBA players just sit out while rehabbing.

Mike from the coast

August 12th, 2011
7:11 pm

The reason Mac is rehabbing is if he needs more time on the DL they don’t have to make it 15 days. Say he feels a twinge or two and needs another 4 or 5 days. They would have to accomodate another catcher and roster spot. This way if there is a problem they don’t have to be down a player or wait 15 more days for Brian to heal.

Mike from the coast

August 12th, 2011
7:12 pm

Sorry Michael Proctor see you said the same thing.

Joseph

August 12th, 2011
9:52 pm

Congratulations to Bobby. He will always look odd not having a uniform on. I can still hear him yelling “EASY” to every pitcher when they start to first.

On a sad note….The passing of Ernie Johnson is a sad loss for the Braves community and also baseball as a whole. He will be missed.

Remarkable

August 12th, 2011
9:53 pm

DOB or Carrol: Who will be going down when they come back? Or a better question might be “Who should go down?” Is it time for Heyward to spend a couple of weeks in AAA playing everyday and working on his swing? What pitchers will have to go?

Bluestreak

August 12th, 2011
9:55 pm

TV just announced that EJ, Sr. passed away tonight. Condolences to EJ, Jr and the rest of the family. A true professional broadcaster and a great, great man. Ironic on Skip Carey’s 72nd birthday (or what would have been). This day will be a bittersweet milestone in Braves history. 1 legend’s number is retired as another passes.

God bless them both.

Remarkable

August 12th, 2011
9:57 pm

Olinde Mare If he never comes off the DL then he can just stay out a few days or as long as he needs to. If he comes off the DL and has to go back on then he has to stay gone for the whole 15 days.

Joseph

August 12th, 2011
9:58 pm

Thank you bluestreak for saying it better than anybody could at this moment.

Remarkable, when McCann comes back Boscan goes down.

sometimesiwonder

August 12th, 2011
9:59 pm

Amen Bluestreak…..

Mark (another one)

August 12th, 2011
10:02 pm

My heart goes out to the Johnson family and all his friends and fans. EJ Sr. was by all accounts a great person and in my opinion a great announcer. I also appreciated the very visible father, son friendship exhibited by both he and his son. God bless him and may he provide comfort to his family.

Joseph

August 12th, 2011
10:20 pm

A lot of the youngsters do not understand how lucky we were to have the likes of Ernie, Skip, Don, Pete alternating TBS and radio broadcasts. We were honestly blessed for each of them. Dang. Yes there are other “solo” broadcasters that get more acclaim, and that is fine. But as an entire broadcast team, I do not think there was ever a better TEAM. They all played off of each other perfectly and were always in tune with each other. May he rest in peace, and his family and loved ones find peace through this saddening loss.

digatl

August 12th, 2011
10:26 pm

“it had gotten better every day”…. oh Fredi, you will be our downfall

Ralph

August 12th, 2011
10:29 pm

@Olinde Mare

The reason they rehab in the Minors is because they would have to activate them in order to play in Atlanta, that way if they find they need more time they don’t have to DL them for another 15 days.

matt

August 12th, 2011
10:45 pm

Good progress for McCann. Braves will need him for this run at the end of the year. Also, helps the G-Braves with their playoff race. If you love minor league baseball as I do, then check out Minor League Baseball Tonight, the newest nightly show highlighting the major happenings around Minor League Baseball. MiLB Tonight can be seen here: http://minorleaguebaseballtonight.mlblogs.com/
Thanks

Joseph

August 12th, 2011
10:47 pm

Reports are that Zambrano (the ill-tempered cry-baby) told teammates he is retiring from baseball. GOOD RIDDANCE. He is nothing but an embarrassment upon the game of baseball.

Noone, Alot, Loosers, Than, Then & To Much

August 12th, 2011
11:13 pm

Wouldn’t it have been great if the HP ump warned the Braves’ bench that they could only send one man after Garbanzo? It would’ve been fun seeing tree-stump-armed Uggla escort him to the dugout.

Joseph

August 12th, 2011
11:18 pm

Noone………did you see the yes on Heyward? That young man was p-o-ed. Love the passion. Man, I wouldn’t want to see him look in my direction that way. Have to give the ump, Timmons, credit. He handled the situation perfectly. Even had a little talk with Minor, to obviously let him know that he can pitch inside but not do anything stupid, as Joe Simpson put it. Really a classy move. Also had to love that Timmons tossed Bobby again tonight. That was beautiful.

Joseph

August 12th, 2011
11:23 pm

Sorry, EYES not yes on Heyward. OOPS.

Noone, Alot, Loosers, Than, Then & To Much

August 12th, 2011
11:38 pm

@ Joseph

Zambrano retiring would be a perfect indicator of his selfishness and total disregard for his teammates and Cub fans. The Cubs dumped him once and should do it again, permanently.

Joseph

August 12th, 2011
11:44 pm

Cubs didn’t dump him. They suspended him and forced him into anger management. Yup that one worked real well there. He has gone from a joke to an embarrassment upon the game. He will not retire. He still has 18 mil next year and a player option for 2013 for almost 20mil. He will fake an apology and the spineless Selig will only suspend him 5 games at most. IT SHOULD BE THE REST OF THE YEAR. Cumulative infractions. It has been used by Selig before and should be used again NOW. This is embarrassing that he is a professional baseball player. I personally would BAN him from the game, but legally the most that is possible is the rest of the season, but this coward of Selig will back down and give him only 5 games and tell him he is a bad boy. When can baseball get a real commish? and not some spine-less jellyfish?

bobbymahlon

August 13th, 2011
9:05 am

I hate seeing Heyward sitting on the bench every night he should be down in the minors working on his swing. He is never going to get straightened out hitting 70mph pitching in batting practice. He has too high a top side to be wasting away on the bench.

bobbymahlon

August 13th, 2011
9:07 am

I’ll bet Brian would have hit a couple of dingers last night off Zambrano.

Felonious Monk

August 13th, 2011
11:20 am

I wish Brian was in the game and smoked a pitched right back at Zambrano, maybe hit him in the neck, what a scumbag going after Chipper to get out his frustrations

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