McCann hopes he can return to lineup Monday – updated

Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field with your Braves report.

Brian McCann was out of the Braves starting lineup Sunday night as he continues to battle flu-like symptoms. The catcher was nearly back for the nationally televised game against the Nationals, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez, but wasn’t quite ready after going through pre-game running drills.

There is a possibility McCann could return for Monday’s afternoon series-opener against the Cardinals, but may sit one more day as a precaution and return Tuesday.

Gonzalez said he would leave it to McCann whether he will be able to play to was going to take into account what is forecast to be a day with 90-plus degree temperature.

“(I’ll do what) I’ve been doing this whole time I’ve been down – wake up and hope for the best,” McCann said after Sunday’s game. “I’m going to show up here tomorrow and hopefully get in there.”

McCann was available to pinch hit or serve as a late defensive replacement Sunday night. He missed three straight games with the illness before being forced into action Friday with backup David Ross injured his groin. McCann also served as a pinch-hitter Saturday.

“It may be better off until Tuesday,” Gonzalez said. “I told him ‘If you come in tomorrow and you feel good, let’s give it a shot. If we get five or six innings that’s three at-bats we get out of you.’”

Ross, who suffered a left groin strain checking his swing in the second inning Friday, said he felt much better Sunday and was hoping to only miss four or five days, tentatively eyeing a return Wednesday against the Cardinals.

“I’m still sore,” Ross said. “I was doing some of the tests [with trainers]. They were testing my strength. I’m a little weak on some of them. For the most part, I feel a lot better than yesterday. That was a good sign.”

Ross hit off a tee Saturday and Sunday and was encouraged. McCann was the backup Sunday night with Ross serving as the “emergency, emergency” catcher. He said he was available to pinch-hit but was frustrated by the injury.

“I was sitting on the bench [Saturday] feeling terrible,” Ross said. “One thing I pride myself on is letting [McCann] have his days and that’s what they brought me here for, if something were to happen and he goes down is to hold down the fort until he can get back. It was just real, real frustrating because I had a real opportunity to play a little bit and give Mac a chance to rest.”

The Braves brought J.C. Boscan up from Triple-A Gwinnett. He started behind the plate Saturday, with a hit and an RBI, and Sunday.

Staff writer Carroll Rogers contributed information to this report.

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May 27th, 2012
7:16 pm

Sigggggggggggh more continuing troubles/injuries/illness….
Hope we break the string tonight….

Mars Mano

May 27th, 2012
7:17 pm

What a bunch of wusses. For real.

McFann =Ô= =Ô=

May 27th, 2012
7:20 pm

Thanks, Mr. Vivlamore.


May 27th, 2012
7:23 pm

Hey Wren – how about lowering these ticket prices for the games. We didn’t pay to see a AAA team play against a major league team.


May 27th, 2012
7:25 pm

Man, what did Brian catch? The Chinese crud?


May 27th, 2012
7:25 pm

Starting to notice a trend of Mac disappearing when we need him most……..last September and NOW.


May 27th, 2012
7:29 pm

Gees, reading posts earlier you would have thought that all the “fans” on here were hoping the Braves would fail. Guess what, people? We’re missing our starting 1B, 3B, and C, plus our backup catcher. Add to that the fact that our starters are going through a rough patch, and we’re bound to lose some games. This is the worst we will be all year though. If you think the Braves will be sellers at the All Star break, then you’re dumb. We’re gonna right the ship, but it’s hard to when we’re missing so many key components and have no support from the “fans”. Get over yourselves, people (tennisbrave, Lacey Underall, and Mars Mano, to name a few). Go Braves


May 27th, 2012
7:33 pm

McCann should be in there, no doubt about it. If he was truly unable to start for the last couple of days, he should not even be in the dugout. Get in a bed and take some nyquil–getn paid too much to miss professional baseball games.


May 27th, 2012
7:36 pm

Starter, you’re right. Go to the hospital, already.


May 27th, 2012
7:43 pm

wth????????really???he didnt look too sick smiling in the dugout yesterday!


May 27th, 2012
7:54 pm

Mac needs to SUCK IT UP…we get it he’s not 100% nobody is…you wanna be a team leader step up Brian! We need you…lineup is slumping up and down while you’re out with the “sniffles”…I bet Chipper Jones would play if he had whatever McCann has…it is what it is.


May 27th, 2012
7:55 pm

McCann should be in there, no doubt about it. If he was truly unable to start for the last couple of days, he should not even be in the dugout. Get in a bed and take some nyquil–getn paid too much to miss professional baseball games.


THIS! if McCann had some serious illness he should have been laid up in the hospital bed…not smiling in the dugout.

D.A. Nuggla

May 27th, 2012
7:56 pm

Good thing these guys aren’t working a regular 5 day a week job. Especially one where you don’t get paid if you don’t work. I’m beginning to suspicion a “silent mutiny” of some type. Lots of weird things going on.


May 27th, 2012
8:06 pm

ah, the ol’ suck it up posts from “fans”. Now you all just get back to your lazy, boring, non-descript jobs, and rather than live vicariously through real athletes and the troubles they may go through, complain more about the fact that YOUR life is the one really going nowhere in the standings.


May 27th, 2012
10:01 pm

I wonder how many days Hank or Jackie took off because they had a bad wittle cold. I’d like to think if I were making those kind of millions and watching my team get their @ss beat every night for a week you’d have to restrain me on the trainer’s table to keep me out of the game.


May 27th, 2012
10:19 pm

If we missed as many days as he has at our jobs with a cold we’d be fired


May 27th, 2012
10:59 pm

You know…every now and then we get sick…but we still go to work…in AFGHANISTAN!!!


May 27th, 2012
11:00 pm

You are right Lou, no Cal Ripkens in this bunch.


May 27th, 2012
11:01 pm

It’s time to man up.


May 27th, 2012
11:38 pm

how does “The catcher was nearly back for the nationally televised game” turn into missing 2 more days?

Bob the Blogger

May 28th, 2012
6:32 am

You whiners can’t even go to work and sit in your cubicles when you have the flu.


May 28th, 2012
7:23 am

Who cares, what McCann does? It’s not like he’s done much since last August. As long as Fredi fills out the line-up card, and manages from what he sits on, it doesn’t really matter. Heyward is not only a liability at the plate, but in the field as well. Jason needs to call a proctologist, to look for his head. The defense is shoddy, and Uggla can’t hit with runners on base. The bench players are totally worthless. Hinske is 1 for his last 20, with about 8 k’s. Might as well play Jaun F. He runs into one once a week or so. Diaz…why does he have a uniform? Freeman… Venters is out to lunch, like Livon. Is Krimbrel still on the team?
Doesn’t matter when the Braves are healthy. They are done. Fredi is perfect for them, just like he was last September.


May 28th, 2012
7:35 am

Its not like with the Flu you are worried about making the injury worst, Mac has to learn the leaders are on the field leading in times of need!


May 28th, 2012
10:02 am

Josh Hamilton received fluids after Sat. game and was dizzy and lightheaded and he was out there in 90+ degree heat for Texas on Sunday. The real problem with the Braves, is that none of there players are in good shape. Its obvious that none of them besides Prado and Uggla workout during the season and offseason.


May 28th, 2012
10:30 am

No urgency whatsoever.


May 28th, 2012
10:46 am

“You whiners can’t even go to work and sit in your cubicles when you have the flu.” –we “whiners” would make an effort if we were getting paid thousands of dollars a day, just to play a kid’s game…unless, of course, we would get paid regardless of whether we played or not

Nattering Nabob

May 28th, 2012
10:57 am

The assumptions made on this blog are pretty astounding. Populated by a bunch of macho MDs, it would appear.


May 28th, 2012
10:59 am

1. If you watch Fredi’s spring training routines, they are a joke. But that is how he learned the game.

2. Wren looks the part, but must be dumb as a stick. Chipper has great career stats and is not going to jeopardize them with a lot of at bats. At this rate, Chipper will make the equivalent of 26.5M based on his 13M salary divided by every game played. I love Chipper as a player but not a team leader.

3. There is no contract incentive to play hurt, though allowable under the MLB player contract, so anyone aching is going to sit out.

4. Fredi has no idea what is going on. There is a relationship between brains and performance. Davey Johnson, with a college degree in math – back when players used to actually go to school, comes in and wipes us up for three games.

1991 braves

May 28th, 2012
11:49 am

Leaders lead by example, and Mccan’t and Larry show what kind of leaders they are every other day. McCan’t is a lardass, and he is so out of shape he can’t move one foot either way behind the plate. My God i see football players every Sunday playing with the flu or much worse. This guy has learned from the worst leader in sports, that being the famous Larry Jones. I have never seen a more pathetic leader on any sports team. Yet this crybaby is getting paid $15 million a year to miss half of his teams games every year. And what is worse, is the leader in the front office is stupid enough to pay him and keep him around. The guy should have run out of town with his tail tucked between his legs like the wussss he is when is DADDY (Bobby Cox) left. But no, he sucks up more money from the braves and straps the team financially so they can’t get another bat or another pitcher. And who is the first person any media rep interviews after a game? This lazy ass Larry Jones. So sick of listening to him talk in his retarded pathetic southern dribble. The guy can hardly talk english, and he is the face of the franchise. But don’t worry braves’ fans, we have another big time leader, waiting in the wings to be the face of the franchise, lardass McCan’t. This team is a joke, and there is no leader to be found anywhere,from the players, to the manager, to the G.M. It isn’t going to get any better i’m afraid, it is only going to get worse. This team is poorly managed, has no plate discipline, has no defensive talent, other than Freeman who has now turned into Mr.Magoo.Has average starting pitching, and suddenly has one of the worst bullpens in the N.L. That spells DISASTER for the rest of the season.

Zac in Tempe

May 28th, 2012
12:13 pm

If McCann is too sick to be better than Boscan over the course of the game then he should stay in the dugout. If he was at a job without a backup he would suck it up. It isn’t being soft; it’s being smart.


May 28th, 2012
12:23 pm

I already have no confidence in Wren but if he re-signs McCann to a long term deal it will prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that he is a moron. He is falling apart at the worst position to fall apart at. It will only go down from here. How can you sit there and watch your team struggling like this and not even try to get out there??? Not to mention laughing and joking in the dugout. Signing him to another contract and not trading him will set this team back YEARS.

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