September is rapidly approaching and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez stuck to his plan of splitting up the Tim Hudson-David Ross battery combination for the stretch run.
McCann caught Hudson in a 5-4 win over the Giants on Wednesday. Ross started Saturday night, catching Brandon Beachy, when Gonzalez gave McCann a day off.
“Rossy was catching well with him but we were going to wean him off, coming into stretch run, because you want Mac to catch Huddy in the postseason,” Gonzalez said.
Hudson was 8-1 with a 2.14 ERA in the 11-start stretch with Ross behind the plate.
Gonzalez said Jason Heyward would be back in the starting lineup Sunday against Arizona right-hander Josh Collmenter with Chipper Jones getting the day off. Gonzalez said Heyward could see more playing time with another four right-handers coming up in the Cubs series.
“It’s a balancing act I’m going to have to figure out,” Gonzalez said. “You’ve got to get him in there and also try to play the hot hand too.”
Tommy Hanson played catch on Saturday and was scheduled to throw a light bullpen on Sunday. He’s expected to make one minor league rehabilitation start before returning from the disabled list.