6:43 pm September 13, 2011, by Carroll Rogers
One day after hitting Brian McCann fifth for the first time all season, manager Fredi Gonzalez dropped him to sixth against Marlins left-hander Brad Hand. McCann hadn’t hit sixth in a starting lineup in three years, not since he hit sixth for 24 games in 2008.
But the six-time All-Star is struggling. Entering Tuesday, he was hitting only .159 (14-for-88) in 24 games since coming off the disabled list for an oblique injury. McCann appeared to still favor that side on Monday night and struck out twice with runners in scoring position late in the game. But McCann said afterward he was physically fine, and Gonzalez seconded that Tuesday.
“Our training people said he’s fine,” Gonzalez said. “How healthy can you be at 150 games? Everybody is beat up. I don’t think it’s anything other than some people go through some rough patches.”
McCann has started 52 games in the third spot, and 54 games in the fourth.
“Sometimes just a change of a spot helps,” Gonzalez said.
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