NEW YORK – Brian McCann and Chipper Jones were back in the Braves lineup Saturday after missing the series-opening win Friday against the Mets, McCann for a shoulder injury and Jones for back stiffness.
McCann has a subluxation in his right shoulder that’s bothered him for nearly two months and worsened two or three weeks ago. He got a cortisone shot after Tuesday’s game in Philadelphia, and missed two games while the medication took effect.
A subluxation is a temporary, partial dislocation of the shoulder. The injury sometimes requires surgery, but more often the treatment is rest, anti-inflammatories and shoulder-strengthening exercises.
“I don’t know all the details.I know I have some stuff going on [in the shoulder],” McCann said. Asked about the possibility of surgery if the condition lingered, he said, “I don’t think so. I’m hoping that won’t be an issue. But we’ll see.”
He has no problems throwing, but feels the pain frequently while hitting as he begins his swing.
“It pulls pretty good,” said McCann, who had a career-high nine homers in July despite the condition. “It got worse 2-1/2, three weeks ago. It got to the point where I was feeling it a lot.”
Jones said his back felt “a little better” Saturday after sleeping on the couch in his hotel room, instead of a bed he said was uncomfortable. Jones has had other problems with back tightness or spasms when staying at the same New York hotel in past years with the Braves.