McCann returns to lineup after six-day absence – updated

Brian McCann returned to the Braves starting lineup Monday for the first time in a week, after spending six days battling a flu-like virus. It was a good sign for a team that’s been playing without three middle-of-the-order hitters and has lost a season-high eight in a row.

McCann planned to catch all nine innings and did without any problems.

“I felt fine,” he said after going 0-for-4, on a day when the temperature was 82 degrees at first pitch. “I couldn’t have picked a better day to come back.”

McCann plans to be back in the lineup Tuesday and hopes to get “back on a regular schedule where I catch five or six in a row and then take a day off.”

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez told McCann since they are carrying a third catcher, J.C. Boscan, he could come out at any point if he didn’t feel well.

“I thought with the temperature and the humidity he was going to struggle,” Gonzalez said. “But that’s a good sign. I kept checking with him every inning or so, and he said he was fine.”

McCann had played Friday night against the Nationals after backup catcher David Ross left the game in the second inning with a strained groin muscle. Expending that effort cost McCann another couple of games.

“It was one of the toughest things I’ve done,” McCann said. “I almost came out of the game and I knew we didn’t have another guy to catch. I wouldn’t have been able to catch another inning that night.”

It was a long recovery for McCann, who has suffered from fever, chills and body aches. He attempted to return to the starting lineup Sunday, but after getting his heart rate up and sweating during pre-game running, he felt bad again. But McCann said he started feeling better during Sunday night’s game.

“I’ve never been sick for longer than a day or two and this seemed to drag on for a week,” McCann said. “It’s definitely been frustrating, but there’s nothing you can do about it except get healthy and get back in there.”

22 comments Add your comment

Braves Fan

May 28th, 2012
12:25 pm

Lets see if he can make a difference.

VinceVanGo

May 28th, 2012
12:39 pm

I don’t think that it’s going to make a difference. Except for their last series the Cardinals seem to own the Braves. Wait! Right now everyone seems to own the Braves except Liberty Media. They just have them on the books for a tax write-off. Thanks Corporate Owners. You stink!

Robert08

May 28th, 2012
12:43 pm

If Diaz and Hinske are playing it will not matter … my God it’s time to release those bums.

Largo

May 28th, 2012
12:49 pm

Why the hell wasn’t McCann allowed to stay in bed with the flu (symptoms as it was called) instead of sitting in the dugout feeling like crap? Just another example of “you can’t fix stupid.”

Ryan

May 28th, 2012
12:49 pm

Agree with Daiz And Hinske and its time for Heyward and Pastornicky to go to AAA.

iTiSi

May 28th, 2012
12:55 pm

“VinceVanGo”, AMEN! Sad but true. Sad thing is that so many Braves fans do not recognize that fact.

Yeah right

May 28th, 2012
12:56 pm

I think McCann (contract year) trying to make a statement just how good they are with back-up catchers for contract purposes. If he is that sick I agree should have been home instead of spreading it all in the clubhouse.

Gene

May 28th, 2012
12:56 pm

There is something seriously wrong with this team that starts with the front office. Hire Lou Piniella!

jj

May 28th, 2012
12:57 pm

Ok Fans its a new day..Let’s support our Braves and hope for a win…if not pray for changes.

jj

May 28th, 2012
12:58 pm

Lou Piniella..lol

wallypip

May 28th, 2012
3:48 pm

I’m trying to find glimmer of hope in this slow-motion train wreck. One thing is clear to me now, and that’s that Fredi lacks the skill or cajones to snap this team out of a funk. He couldn’t do it in September and he’s not doing it now. The Braves need a manager with some edge and Fredi is a marshallow.

I’m also generally fed up with McCann’s lameness. Sure, he’s been sick, but even before he got his tummyache he was playing peaked baseball. Now that teams are employing the shift, he’s a nonfactor. I’d trade him and bring up the youngster. I know this is heresy to Georgiaphiles, but he’s peaked, and this team needs some real intensity, not marshmallows who’ve taken on the personality of their manager. Heywood is also not worth investing much more in. He has a major league body but he’ll never have a major league swing. The only Braves who are playing with any grit are Prado and Bourne. Uggla ain’t seeing any pitches because the guys behind him are soft. Freeman might not be able to see for a while. Time to blow this team up. They’re done for this year, and the silver lining is that this pathetic capitulation will rid us of Fredi and he can go live in a van down by the river.

OldNugget

May 28th, 2012
5:36 pm

Thank goodness they don’t play Memorial Day doubleheaders anymore!

bobby

May 28th, 2012
5:40 pm

If McCann really had the flu I can understand him not playing for a week. I have known people that had a bad cold and felt bad and said it was the flu. They don’t have a clue as to the difference.

On another subject, why don’t they just let one of the ball boys play right field and sit Heyward in Rome or somewhere.

Maik

May 29th, 2012
3:54 am

Frank Wren! Do something!!! Geeez…

Bravo Uno

May 29th, 2012
11:09 am

If McCann is rewarded with a long-term contract, that contract & Uggly’s will doom the Braves to mediocrity for the rest of this decade.

He’s no catcher & should be DH’ing in the AL

Ebenezer Snerdberg

May 29th, 2012
11:33 am

Fire Havana Fats!

brian thick-cann

May 29th, 2012
2:18 pm

It was only a matter of time…Larry’s butt hits the bench and the fat lady starts singing…

Larry Parrish

May 29th, 2012
2:35 pm

How are those new hitting coaches working out ?

Heyward couldn’t hit his way out of a paper sack !

AdirondackDave

May 29th, 2012
4:24 pm

Hey, get a clue guys. It’s way too early to throw in the towel and get rid of everybody. The situation could turn on a dime just like it has so many times in the past.

I will say this, though.. If the Braves are below .500 at the break I may join the naysayers at that point. A dominant closer obviously just isn’t enough, although whether Wren nibbles around the edges or goes for a major re-build, having a great closer is a big-time asset few other teams have. Fredi and Wren need to figure out how to get the club to the 9th inning with a lead to utilize his talent.

The next month or six weeks look like they will tell the tale for this season and maybe beyond.

south al fan

May 29th, 2012
5:49 pm

freddie g is not a mgr,you do not let the pitcher swing even with 2 strikes with runners on1st & 3rd and only one out.

TarHeel 1

May 29th, 2012
9:05 pm

And shortstop,,

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September 24th, 2012
9:53 am

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