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,