Brian McCann returned to the Braves lineup Wednesday for the first time since getting a cortisone shot in his injured right shoulder after Saturday’s game. It was his second shot he’s had in the past month.
McCann is playing with a frayed labrum and cyst in his shoulder and plans to get through the season before having it evaluated to determine if it can be rehabbed through rest and strengthening, or if surgery might be needed.
David Ross caught games Sunday through Tuesday, the first time since May that McCann was out of the lineup for more than two consecutive games, although he’s missed more starts than ever at this point in a season.
“Hopefully get him going with the bat and get his shoulder calmed down as much as we can to get him through the season,” Gonzalez said. “I think before we were going [with a day off] almost every five days. I think we may do it a little different, maybe give him two [starts], then if there’s a lefty matchup, like Friday, give him that off.
“Play two [and rest] and then we hopefully get him over the hump. He feels great. He feels like that shot has really helped him.”
Before Wednesday, McCann was 13-for-76 (.171) with no extra-base hits and two RBIs in 22 games since the beginning of August, after hitting a career-best nine homers in July. Gonzalez said he’s seen encouraging signs in his recent at-bats.
“I think Mac’s close, I really do,” Gonzalez said. “I told him the other day, I think you’re closer than you do. I’ve seen him hit some balls to left field on the nose. I’ve seen him get some good at-bats.”