Brian McCann is still likely at least a day or two more from returning to the lineup because of tendinitis just inside his right knee. McCann said he first tweaked it on the Braves’ recent road trip and then felt it Saturday when he first went into a squat to warm up Tommy Hanson.
“It never loosened up,” he said.
McCann came out in the top of the third inning. He said Sunday afternoon it was feeling better but not to the point where he could squat yet. He was going to take some batting practice and thought he would be available to pinch hit.
“It’s still hard to move around in the squat position to block balls and to throw the ball to second,” McCann said. “That’s the only place it affects me is when I’m behind the plate.”
The Braves have a third catcher with an expanded roster in September, so J.C. Boscan is available to back up David Ross, who was in the lineup Sunday night against the Nationals.
“Definitely at least a couple more days before (McCann) can actually squat, but if he’s OK swinging the bat, we’ll use him,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez sat Martin Prado Sunday night to give him a day of rest, something he’s been doing all of his regulars recently.
“We talked about every once in a while just giving somebody a day just to try to keep them fresh,” Gonzalez said. “(We did it with), Mac, (Michael) Bourny, Chipper (Jones), Prado, (Freddie) Freeman, just to keep them a little fresh.”
It was Prado’s first game out of the lineup since Aug. 11 and only his sixth all year.
With the ESPN game Sunday night and a late flight to Miami, Gonzalez was thinking about resting Jones Monday against Marlins left-hander Wade LeBlanc and starting Prado in his place at third base.