Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field.
Brian McCann can rest easy – and so can Michael Bourn.
McCann visited an eye doctor Thursday en route to Turner Field, the day after he was poked in the eye during the celebration following his fifth-inning grand slam.
According to the Braves catcher, he suffered a “scratch on the outer side” of his right eye. He was given drops for the eye, which showed no visible sign of injury.
“It won’t affect anything but having a little discomfort for a couple of days,” McCann said.
David Ross started at catcher Thursday against the Phillies because it is a day game following Wednesday’s dramatic 15-13 11-inning victory.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said McCann would be available if needed.
“When it happened you don’t really know what happened,” McCann said. “You hope for the best and it turned out to be just a scratch.”
Bourn was the culprit, accidently hitting McCann during the celebration. The home run capped the first of several comebacks for the Braves in the game, this one erasing what was a 6-0 deficit to Phillies starter Roy Halladay.
McCann harbors no ill feelings.
“It was in the moment,” McCann said.