Braves catcher Brian McCann had to leave Friday’s game after the fifth inning with a strained intercostal muscle in his right side. It’s not considered as serious as a strained oblique muscle and something the Braves are holding out hope will just require a few days off.
“Just want to be smart about things and make sure I make this a day or two or three thing instead of a DL stint,” McCann said. “Just precautionary reasons. We wanted to make sure it heals up.”
McCann’s 2011 season was derailed after he strained his left oblique making a throw to second against the Pirates in the 19-inning marathon on July 26. He went on the disabled list the following day and ultimately might have rushed back too soon, struggling at the plate for the final six weeks of the season.
McCann said this time the problem area is higher in the ribcage and on the opposite side. He said he felt it in the fourth inning after blocking a pitch and throwing to second, trying to prevent Garrett Jones from advancing on a wild pitch from Tommy Hanson. He grounded out to second base in the bottom of the fifth then came out of the game.
“I sat down for a minute and it kind of tightened up,” McCann said.
The Braves will reevaluate him on Saturday.
“We’ll know more tomorrow,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “It’s up high. It’s in between the ribs so we’re not overly concerned. Sometimes if it’s really low with the oblique it’s a little different story. But we’ll know a little bit more tomorrow.”