McCann leaves Friday’s game with intercostal muscle strain

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.”

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Kevin

April 27th, 2012
11:25 pm

David from Athens, AL

April 27th, 2012
11:25 pm

Yeah

April 27th, 2012
11:25 pm

Yeah

April 27th, 2012
11:27 pm

Closest ever. Get well Brian. Position is in good hands until you get back.

Alex

April 27th, 2012
11:27 pm

It’s all good, take your time Brian and don’t rush back. Ross can handle things!

McFann =Ô= =Ô=

April 27th, 2012
11:33 pm

Thanks for the info, Ms. Rogers! Get well soon, BMac!!

Ralph

April 27th, 2012
11:34 pm

B/Mac threw out a runner on a pitch out after his injury occured probably the best throw he has made all year.

BravesFanInBama

April 28th, 2012
12:00 am

I have NO worries with Ross back there!

Alaska Braves Fan

April 28th, 2012
12:04 am

It’s very nice to have D. Ross available. He’s super! But, if McCann is down, who backs up D. Ross? Top-notch catchers are worth their weights in gold, and both of the Braves’ receivers are in that category. I hope Brian is able to get back in short order.

By the way, McCann won’t be with us forever. There are a couple of very capable young catchers in the organization. It’s going to be fun watching them grow and come up eventually. Still, in the meanwhile, let’s see the Braves to another Series championship this year!

ABF

iTiSi

April 28th, 2012
12:08 am

I would have thought the “intercoastal muscle” would have been closer to the kidneys(waterworks dept.), but what do I know! Here’s what I’m really wondering. Why did all these weird muscle names and injuries just start popping up in the last 4-5 yrs? Is the body manufacturing new parts or what? We use to never hear about such things. I have a feeling most of the good athletes from the past weren’t such “pansies” and just played through these wimpy little injuries. Just don’t make’em like they use to.

Csonka

April 28th, 2012
12:33 am

McCann has abdominal muscles?

reckingball

April 28th, 2012
4:41 am

HE definitely needs to let it heal completely, before coming back, even if it means the DL.
go braves

Frank Shab PA

April 28th, 2012
5:53 am

Did anyone notice all the rbi hits have been to the opposite field?

Parson Brownlow

April 28th, 2012
5:59 am

The Intracoastal Waterway is a 3,000-mile (4,800-km) waterway along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States. Some lengths consist of natural inlets, salt-water rivers, bays, and sounds; others are artificial canals.

Southpaw

April 28th, 2012
6:47 am

Brandon Inge is looking like a STRONG addition. If BMac misses time…we could use Inge.

rbrave

April 28th, 2012
7:39 am

Great to know Ross is back there, what a valuable player he is for the Braves.Hope is Mac is back soon. Braves are clicking even Heyward is contributing . go Braves !!

Jaxfan

April 28th, 2012
8:07 am

Great to have Ross behind him.

Now, what can we do to keep the ten year old kids from claiming first post?

Undocorkscrew

April 28th, 2012
8:53 am

Why would the Braves want Inge if McCann hits the DL? The guy hasn’t been behind the plate since his short stint in 2008 where he was already a defensive liability. He has value on defense, but with Chipper, Francisco, and Wilson…..there’s no point.

BravesWin

April 28th, 2012
9:14 am

If I’m not mistaken, Matt Diaz is the emergency catcher.

Let's Go

April 28th, 2012
9:31 am

Carroll
Who is the emergency catcher if something happens to David Ross the next couple of days? The Braves don’t have another catcher on the 40 man roster so I don’t expect them to make a move with Boscan or Bethancourt unless Brian is DL’d.

Let's Go

April 28th, 2012
9:36 am

BravesWin @ 9:14am

I was thinking that too. The last couple of years it was Brooks Conrad but I believe it is Diaz now.

However, if Pardo or Hinske suited up behind the plate it wouldn’t surprise me since thye seem to be able to play just about anywhere.

IlliniBrave

April 28th, 2012
10:12 am

Catcher Matt Diaz. Somehw that sounds very very scary.

P B Orr

April 28th, 2012
10:14 am

McCann’s approach is to use the largest bat he can find, choke down until he runs out of hand, and then swing as hard as possible. The result – he’s out of control at the plate, pulls everything, and now has strained a rib muscle again. He’s too stubborn! Just use a smaller bat and make contact. Push the ball to left. But no, he’s too stubborn to adapt.

He has to be DLed for his own good.

spike

April 28th, 2012
10:19 am

McCann has somehow won the Silver Slugger 5 of the last 6 years with his stubborn approach. here’s to hoping he never adapts.

Donovan

April 28th, 2012
10:20 am

There is a worrisome trend happening this young season whereby every team is running on McCann. Obviously, the scouting report reveals that McCann is very weak in thorowing out base runners and McCann knows it.

Hence, he is trying too hard to stop base stealing and coming up lame in trying to prevent it. This looks like trouble.

realdeal

April 28th, 2012
10:41 am

what the hell are you talking about 95% of stolen bases are from pitchers being to slow to the plate. you have the best catcher in the national league playing in atlanta and your complaining. take a look around there are no better catchers than bmac

Uhhuh

April 28th, 2012
10:52 am

Realdeal what are you talking about. It can’t be the GREAT HANSON’S FAULT that he is slow to the plate. HE IS THE GREATEST PITCHER and to those that want to hate about the fact that he can’t go deep into games he only goes 6 because he wants to make it fair to the other teams and save them 3 more innings of his greatness !

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beachcomber

April 28th, 2012
12:17 pm

Only a few games into the season but the striking difference between this team and the two previous seasons is there are no automatic outs in the line-up – as long as Pastornicky stays in the .230-.250 range, we’ll be fine.

Too bad about BMac. The Braves have to be prepared for his ultimate departure. As a FA, he will be much more valuable to an AL team. The Braves simply won’t be able to afford him.

bvillebaron

April 28th, 2012
12:30 pm

P B Orr:

How many ML teams have you served as the batting coach for and/or where did you get your medical degree? Honestly, some of you amateur “experts” who post on here are hilarious. Besides, did you actually read the article? McCann said he “felt it” (i.e. hurt it) when he THREW the ball to second base!

bvillebaron

April 28th, 2012
12:30 pm

P B Orr:

How many ML teams have you served as the batting coach for and/or where did you get your medical degree? Honestly, some of you amateur “experts” who post on here are hilarious. Besides, did you actually read the article? McCann said he “felt it” (i.e. hurt it) when he THREW the ball to second base!

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Stumpknocker

April 28th, 2012
1:05 pm

“Orr” you sound like the infamous “WeeNe” that trolls every blog on the AJC.

Saskatoon Bob

April 28th, 2012
1:11 pm

realdeal, as a Dodger fan I have no horse in the “best catcher” race, but a poll of players coaches and scouts would be all but unanimous that Yadier Molina is easily and by far the best catcher in the NL. I salute your fandom and team loyalty, but if you want to be taken seriously as a commentator, save “He’s the best!” type comments for those who deserve them, e.g., Kimbrel as the best young closer in the game, or Chipper for his HOF career.

P B Orr

April 28th, 2012
1:12 pm

I get on McCann because it’s only stubbornness that prevents him from being Johnny Bench. He should just learn to make contact and stop trying to kill the ball. I would be p___d if people put the shift on me. I’d make them pay for it.

realdeal

April 28th, 2012
1:27 pm

molina thats a joke right? you must be one of his fans that vote him tn to the allstar game. molina is better on d but no way when you add the offense in. people who say bmac can not throw need to pay attention.

bigwolf

April 28th, 2012
2:04 pm

IF McCann can’t play for 3-4-5 days, would Fredi go with just ONE catcher, Ross, or would they try to bring up a catcher from Gwinnett by sending somebody down, perhaps a pitcher? They would not DL McCann for 15 days unless they HAVE to, but having only one catcher available is risky. However, anybody sent down cannot be recalled for 10 days, I think. I suppose they could send down Delgado after today’s game and use somebody else the next time his .turn comes up.

Playoffs!!!

April 28th, 2012
3:35 pm

DOB, Why not just say McCann pulled a muscle in his rib cage? Instead of using the medical term that very few people know, just put it in everday language.

Playoffs!!!

April 28th, 2012
3:37 pm

Carroll, why not just sayright off that McCann pulled a muscle in his rib cage, instead of using a medical term that very few people know.

justfeelingsilly

April 28th, 2012
5:32 pm

In case anyone is wondering, the Intercostal is a series of connected waterways running just inland up and down the east coast. I have no idea how McCann might have strained it; I didn’t even know he had a boat.

74bravesjersey

April 28th, 2012
7:04 pm

Just in case, if McCann isn’t sound, which hope he is, we have bethancourt, who can be sound backup for Rossi, or the big man tarrin’ it up in A ball(grant it -he is 25 & hungry .342 BA(8hr’s)”Evan Almighty”Gattis can spell Rossi as well. But get well B-MAC!

count_schemula

April 28th, 2012
7:05 pm

Are we complaining about tonight’s Barves in the this blog, or some other one?

Carroll Rogers

April 28th, 2012
7:26 pm

Playoffs!!! yeah i should have just said ribcage muscle. that was some bad headline writing.

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