8:10 pm July 2, 2012, by Carroll Rogers
A slumping Brian McCann was dropped to seventh in the Braves order Monday, a spot in the order McCann hasn’t had more than an occasional at-bat in since 2007.
But McCann, who’s primarily hit third or fourth the past couple of seasons, was hitting only .226 on the season after going 3-for-21 in the first six games of this homestand.
“I brought this on myself,” McCann said Monday. “You’ve got some really good hitters in this lineup. That’s what makes it a little a bit more frustrating for me. We have so much support now with JHey (Jason Heyward) and (Freddie) Freeman and Mike (Bourn) and (Martin) Prado’s a stud. All these guys are playing great and I’m the one kind of holding everyone back. That’s frustrating.”
When manager Fredi Gonzalez told him Monday he’d be hitting seventh, McCann told Gonzalez to bat him wherever he wanted to; his only concern was winning. But the move will add that much more motivation for McCann to get back right at the plate.
“I’ll be back,” he said. “I’ll be back up in the middle of the order shortly.”
Staff writer Steve Hummer contributed to this report.
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