McCann, Chipper both back in Sunday lineup

The Braves weren’t counting on having Brian McCann back until Monday, but the catcher’s side was feeling good and he wanted to play Sunday. So a text message to manager Fredi Gonzalez and a quick run-through with Braves trainer Jeff Porter when he got to Turner Field was all it took to get him back in the lineup.

“If he’s OK with it, I’m OK with it,” Gonzalez said. “Who wouldn’t want a six-time All-Star, five-time Silver Slugger in the lineup? Ah no, take three more days.”

Chipper Jones was back in the lineup on Sunday too despite some concern after a pinch hit at-bat Saturday night over lingering pain in his surgically-repaired left knee.

Saturday night was the third game the Braves have played this season without both Brian McCann and Chipper Jones in the lineup, and they lost 4-2 to the Pirates. The Braves are 1-2 overall in those games.

McCann strained a ribcage muscle on his right side making a throw on Friday night against the Pirates. The Braves originally thought he would need two days off. But Gonzalez said McCann actually felt good enough Saturday night to start lobbying to play then.

He kept telling Gonzalez he could catch if he wanted to use Matt Diaz, the emergency catcher, to pinch hit late in the game.

“Mac wants to play ball,” Gonzalez said. “He likes to play. I’m glad it was nothing major. Getting him out of the game (Friday) after the fifth – maybe that saved him a little bit.”

McCann is fortunate the strain was to his intercostal muscle and not a little lower to his oblique. He spent three weeks on the disabled list with an oblique strain on his left side last August and was out of sorts for the remainder of the year.

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McFann :Ô: :Ô:

April 29th, 2012
12:23 pm

Glad to have you back, BMac! Go get ‘em!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

April 29th, 2012
12:24 pm

so mac is somewhat injured yet fredi bats him in cleanup??

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

April 29th, 2012
12:26 pm

think mac is rushing into this, should’ve played it safe and sat him for 1 more game. don’t want this minor injury to turn into something major.


April 29th, 2012
12:34 pm

Could Diaz even reach the second base bag on a throw from behind the plate?


April 29th, 2012
12:39 pm

Maybe now,we can find some bats. 2 runs wont win any game.


April 29th, 2012
12:53 pm

crawford you are so annoying

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

April 29th, 2012
1:02 pm

Crawford may be annoying, but 2 runs wouldn’t win a game in 1923. We are still woeful at the plate when our “A” lineup is not together. We need to win the rest of this series and take 2/3 from the Phillies. Having Huddy back does no good if you can’t score runs. 1/9 w/ RISP will not cut it.

Just saying, Go Braves.


April 29th, 2012
1:04 pm

Thank you Orange Brave.

Who Me?

April 29th, 2012
1:06 pm

Smells like they’re pressing to get back in the lineup. In the bigger picture, how important is it for Jones and McCann to play today when another day of rest would serve them both well??

no doubt we could use the pop in the lineup but not real sure timing of their return is warranted for this game.

The Perfect Chop

April 29th, 2012
1:21 pm

Okay, Bravos had an off day yesterday, the sky is not falling yet.

The Perfect Chop

April 29th, 2012
1:24 pm

Also nice to see Mac and Chip play on Sunday day game, as these are usually off days for them

Who Me?

April 29th, 2012
1:53 pm

I said this in an earlier post – Pastornicky can’t handle the high line drive and it has come back to haunt him again today. What gives with this kid?


April 29th, 2012
4:50 pm

Gattis 2-2 w/double and RBI. now batting .385


April 29th, 2012
5:09 pm

. . .and contributed nothing.

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