McCann faces 6-month rehab after shoulder surgery (updated)

After playing while hurt for much of a career-worst 2012 season, Braves catcher Brian McCann had shoulder surgery Tuesday that will likely require a recovery period of at least six months and force him to miss the beginning of next season.

The Braves haven’t said if they will pick up the $12 million option on McCann’s contract for 2013. It was generally assumed they would, then decide later whether to offer a contract extension to the six-time former All-Star catcher who would otherwise become a free agent.

Dr. Xavier Duralde, Braves orthopedist, did the surgery on the posterior portion of the right shoulder, which should prevent further subluxations (partial dislocations) like those McCann endured frequently while hitting during 2012. A tear in the labrum was larger than an MRI had shown and was repaired arthroscopically.

Noted specialist James Andrews and two others also studied the scan from a contrast dye-injection MRI on the shoulder last week and concurred on a surgery recommendation.

McCann, 28, was an All-Star in six consecutive seasons and a five-time Silver Slugger Award winner as the best-hitting catcher in the National League before 2012, when he hit .230 with a .300 on-base percentage and .399 slugging percentage. Those were easily his worst marks for a full season, far below his previous career slash line of .286/.358/.486.

His 20 homers also were his fewest in a full season since a career-low 18 in 2007, and his 14 doubles, 67 RBIs, 121 games played and 487 at-bats were career lows.

An MRI exam in August showed what was diagnosed as a frayed labrum and cyst, which hindered McCann only while hitting, not throwing.

The dye-contrast MRI last week showed the injury in greater detail, and when Duralde operated Tuesday he found the labrum tear was “slightly larger” than the exam had indicated, the Braves said.

A team official said McCann is expected to return to light baseball activities in four months and, if rehab goes as planned, should be able to return to full baseball activities in six months, around mid-April. That timetable would likely sideline McCann for at least the first month of the season.

Braves general manager Frank Wren hasn’t commented on whether the surgery or McCann’s rehab period would have any effect on the pending decision regarding the 2013 option.

McCann said on Oct. 6, the day after the Braves lost to St. Louis in the NL Wild Card game, that has “pretty sure” he needed surgery. “We already basically know what is going to happen, what needs to happen,” he said.

Wren said that day it hadn’t been determined if surgery would be necessary and that a contrast dye-injection MRI later that week would give a better indication. He said McCann got a standard MRI in August, not the dye-injection type, because the latter would have required McCann to miss more playing time during the season.

“From what we know, it would not be a surgical repair,” Wren said Oct. 6. He added, “We may find out with the MRI with contrast that there’s more going on in there.”

McCann made $11.5 million in the final guaranteed year of his contract in 2012, and veteran backup David Ross had an increased role in the last two months of the season while McCann missed time to rest the shoulder. He got two cortisone shots at different times after the All-Star break, which provided only temporary relief.

McCann also dealt with knee tendinitis that affected his movement behind the plate for a brief period late in the season. An MRI of the knee showed no damage and that inflammation subsided.

The Georgia native, who has spent his entire career with the Braves, struggled with his swing in the first three months of the season, likely a carry-over from 2011 when he came back too soon from a mid-season oblique strain and fell into bad habits trying to protect his side. The shoulder also began to bother him during the 2012 season.

Soon after McCann got his swing problems ironed out this season, hitting .308 with nine homers in an 18-game stretch in July, the shoulder injury worsened and the joint began “biting” when he extended on some swings or got out in front of off-speed pitches. McCann hit .201 with two homers, 11 RBIs and 29 strikeouts in 134 at-bats over his final 39 games, and Ross got the start over McCann in the Wild Card game.

Ross completed the second year of a two-year contract and is eligible for free agency. Both he and the Braves have indicated a desire to bring him back in 2013, but he’ll be 36 in March and is not considered a starting candidate on an everyday basis.

McCann could have shut it down when the shoulder pain persisted instead of taking cortisone injections and possibly risking further injury, but said that wasn’t even something he considered.

“I’ve got 24 teammates that show up here every single day,” he said on Oct. 6, after the playoff loss. “I’ve been battling with them since February and I wanted to see this thing to the end. Whether that puts me behind a little bit, it was something I was willing to do.”

Wren said Oct. 6 that the Braves would discuss contract options and other matters during their organizational meetings, held in the past week outside Orlando at the team’s spring-training headquarters.

305 comments Add your comment

flange1

October 16th, 2012
12:45 pm

Get well soon BMAC!

Kid Handsome

October 16th, 2012
12:48 pm

Good luck, B-Mac. Hope everything goes well.

Bravos4LYFE

October 16th, 2012
12:48 pm

If the Braves decide to not pick up MacCann’s option, does that mean he has to pay for the surgery himself?

Steve

October 16th, 2012
12:54 pm

I’d be more concerned with this news if we didn’t have David Ross.

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Dan_in_NC

October 16th, 2012
12:55 pm

Something tells me this won’t end well for all parties involved.

Quack Quack

October 16th, 2012
12:56 pm

Hey DOB, thanks for the update. Does this mean he will come back better than ever, like after TJ surgery for a pitcher?

Either way, best of luck for speedy recovery. Get back soon.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

October 16th, 2012
1:03 pm

GET WELL SOON. HEURRY BACK B-MAC!

UPGRAYEDD

October 16th, 2012
1:07 pm

McCann is a toe injury away from being a children’s song:

“Head, shoulders, knees and toes (knees and toes)
Head, shoulders, knees and toes (knees and toes)
and eyes and ears and mouth and nose,
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes!”

MikeY

October 16th, 2012
1:07 pm

Steve, we don’t have David Ross. He is a free agent, unless we re-sign him. There is a very short window that teams have to re-sign their free agents after the World Series, after that they are free to sign with any team. Here is an excerpt from the mlb site:

Immediately after the World Series
Eligible players become free agents

Sixth day after completion of World Series
First day that Major League and Minor League free agents may sign contracts with teams other than their former clubs

Bravos4LYFE

October 16th, 2012
1:10 pm

If the Braves _do_ have to pay for MacCann’s surgery, is there some kind of money back guarantee if he doesn’t perform well in 2013? With a healthy shoulder he should at least hit .320 with 25 homers and 100 RBI’s right?

bball fan

October 16th, 2012
1:11 pm

Do not pick up the option. Over weight and a bad defensive catcher.

bball fan

October 16th, 2012
1:11 pm

Do not pick up the option. Over weight and a bad defensive catcher.

bball fan

October 16th, 2012
1:11 pm

Do not pick up the option. Over weight and a bad defensive catcher.

bball fan

October 16th, 2012
1:11 pm

Do not pick up the option. Over weight and a bad defensive catcher.

bball fan

October 16th, 2012
1:11 pm

Do not pick up the option. Over weight and a bad defensive catcher.

bball fan

October 16th, 2012
1:11 pm

Do not pick up the option. Over weight and a bad defensive catcher.

bball fan

October 16th, 2012
1:11 pm

Do not pick up the option. Over weight and a bad defensive catcher.

bball fan

October 16th, 2012
1:11 pm

Do not pick up the option. Over weight and a bad defensive catcher.

bball fan

October 16th, 2012
1:11 pm

Do not pick up the option. Over weight and a bad defensive catcher.

Braves bobblehead44

October 16th, 2012
1:17 pm

Get well Big Mac,we need ya brother!!!

Bravos4LYFE

October 16th, 2012
1:18 pm

Hey bball fan we’re not sure of your opinion on the matter could you repeat it again for us haha lol!

Steve

October 16th, 2012
1:32 pm

David Ross will be re-signed. Especially now.

Caseyatthebat

October 16th, 2012
1:36 pm

They knew what was wrong with him a couple of months ago. We all saw the results of it in his performance continually. One wishes he ” didn’t go to work every single day”. “He wanted to see this through to the end” and ” he was willing to do this”. Don’t do us any more favors. If he’d been willing to go under the knife months ago we wouldn’t have suffered his poor production and he’d be ready for next spring. I still contend that the performance of McCann, Uggla and Hanson cost us the division.

Klaus

October 16th, 2012
1:37 pm

What FA catchers are on the market this winter? Wren likley has a list bc this does not sound like a good situation.

4-6 mos recovery, then getting your swing back in shape. Could be May before the Braves know what they have in Mac.

Ross and some write in behind the plate for the whole month of April (with no Chipper) could put them in an early hole.

Fastball

October 16th, 2012
1:38 pm

Just don’t resign Bourn

BobDawg

October 16th, 2012
1:39 pm

Pick-up the option…. He is young; hits like crazy when healthy and Rossy can handle it until B-Mac is back full time…

Hose

October 16th, 2012
1:39 pm

Ask the Angels for a trade. Give them some young arms for Mike Trout. The trade will help both teams.

David O'Brien

October 16th, 2012
1:45 pm

Ask the Angels for a trade. Give them some young arms for Mike Trout. The trade will help both teams. — Hose

Congrats. That made me laugh out loud.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

October 16th, 2012
1:55 pm

OOPS, MAKE THAT HURRY BACK!

Klaus

October 16th, 2012
1:58 pm

I doubt the Angels would trade Trout under any scenario. He could be the next Mikey Mantle.

Mac will not be here past 2013 nor is he all that young for a catcher. He needs to move to the AL to get a long term big money deal and he will. Mac has catcher/DH/back 1B written all over him.

The question is will the Braves benefit by that move via a 2013 trade or will they watch him walk out the door with nothing to show for it.

Also let Bourn walk and stay away from Pagan and Willingham. Two guys in or moving into their mid 30s having career years. That is not how you build a winner or properly leverage trade prospects.

Cody Ross does not want to be a Brave nor should the Braves want him. He is a decoy and like Willingham in MN is very happy with his current team.

MikeY

October 16th, 2012
1:59 pm

Free Agent Catchers:

* – player whose current contract includes 2013 option.

Rod Barajas, PIT *
Henry Blanco, ARI *
Koyie Hill, TEX
Gerald Laird, DET
Russell Martin, NYY
Brian McCann, ATL *
Jose Molina, TB *
Mike Napoli, TEX
Wil Nieves, ARI
Miguel Olivo, SEA *
Ronny Paulino, BAL
A.J. Pierzynski, CWS
Humberto Quintero, MIL
David Ross, ATL
Carlos Ruiz, PHI *
Brian Schneider, PHI
Kelly Shoppach, NYM
Chris Snyder, HOU *
Yorvit Torrealba, MIL
Matt Treanor, LAD *

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/compensation/cots/?page_id=177

AGTFan

October 16th, 2012
2:03 pm

Considering his non-injured history as a hitter, you pick up the option.

Strikeoutlookin

October 16th, 2012
2:05 pm

Wow hose, REALLY?!? Maybe while frank is at it he can trade the bats and balls we threw away for Kerry lightenberg to Washington for Bryce Harper and Steven strasburgh…

nj steve

October 16th, 2012
2:06 pm

Hope all goes well for Brian he played hurt busted his tail all year.. He is pure class when he heals he will be back on his game. Hope braves pick up option and take it from there.

alanfalcon

October 16th, 2012
2:07 pm

BMac has given the Braves a lot over the years and during that time was the best overall at his position, it would be stupid not to go with him in 2013 and see where he stands, hell, look at the money we shelled out on Lowe and KK alone with little or no return at least we know Bryan is capable, use the option.

ChipperisGod

October 16th, 2012
2:07 pm

The Angels would never trade Mike Trout. That…. is the most absurd thing I’ve heard on the blog in a long time.

Hope Mac gets healthy and we can resign Ross as well. Mac would be out until March at the latest. Don’t know how he’ll do, but if he’s FINALLY healthy, then hopefully he can put together another good year. Health is the thing that has plagued him over the last two years.

He needs to drop some weight, and get into shape so that the excess weight doesn’t put more stress on his body. Nothing wrong with being a big guy, especially if you’re a catcher, but he can definitely be more fit. Pulling for you B Mac! Get better soon!

Homer the Brave

October 16th, 2012
2:11 pm

Keep Ross. Dump McCann. Sign Napoli.

Too Big Mac

October 16th, 2012
2:26 pm

Maybe a little liposuction while you’re in there.

blaine with the blue scarf

October 16th, 2012
2:29 pm

bring back that big, fine, handsome muscular hunk Javier Lopez!

Steve

October 16th, 2012
2:30 pm

Well, if we’re going to trade for Trout, we should have the Angels throw in Pujols while they’re at it. Think they’d take Hanson, Martinez, and Jurrjens?

NO MORE FREDI

October 16th, 2012
2:38 pm

I wish mac well but if Braves want to show they are serious about winning they let him walk or trade the guy. he is on the downside of his career and is not on a Chipper level for reason to keep him. Hope Frank makes the right move for this TEAM and not another individual.

Klaus

October 16th, 2012
2:38 pm

If Mac is on the 6mo end of the recovery you are looking at mid April for his return. I don’t know if that means he is ready to start or ready to go to extended ST. If it is the latter he won’t be back until late April.

dean

October 16th, 2012
2:40 pm

This is probably a dumb question: Anybody on the farm who might be able to handle the call up?

Larry

October 16th, 2012
2:42 pm

Hey Hose! Why not ask Seattle about King Felix as well.

Heisenberg

October 16th, 2012
3:00 pm

While the Angels do have a crowded house in the OF, trading Trout is laughable. 2 guys without a position as the result of signing Pujols are Trumbo & Morales. It would take more than Braves could or should offer for Trumbo but I suspect Morales could be trade bait for pitching. Not sure if he can play LF though.

Skeezix

October 16th, 2012
3:05 pm

I’ve had shoulder issues that got so bad I couldn’t use my right arm and thus ended up in the OR. Shoulder pain is no fun folks and I can’t imagine playing baseball with a bum shoulder. Mac doesn’t need to convince me that he’s tough. No wonder he had an off season.

Don’t trade him now FW as next year he will likely return back to being his normal self – or better.

My best to Brian. Get well soon!!

cornjolio

October 16th, 2012
3:09 pm

DUMP HIM ! MOVE ON ! DAMAGED GOODS !

NCBravesFan

October 16th, 2012
3:09 pm

I appreciate Brian’s commitment to the team and think the Braves should absolutely pick up the option year. He’s earned the right to play out this contract with the Braves.

That said, I wonder why the Braves did not go ahead and get the dye-based MRI done in season. The Braves were almost certain to be one of the WC teams and, player dedication or not, there’s a time for the organization to step up and figure out what the heck is going on with the shoulder.

I know hindsight is 20/20, but it’s not like BMac was hitting much in September anyway.

BravesFanSince80s

October 16th, 2012
3:11 pm

Just let him go. I know, I know, local kid, he’s performed well in the past, but honestly, even IF the guy recovers from this reasonably well he’s a DH at this point. We’d be far better off with a platoon of something like Ross/Gattis, Ross/Boscan, etc. than to watch McCann struggle through yet another sub-par defensive season behind the plate. Just let him go, it’s not like the American League won’t come knocking at his door…

Big John

October 16th, 2012
3:11 pm

He couldn’t throw anybody out before he injured his arm.

Pass on the 2013 option and let McCann go to the AL and be a DH.

Warm & Cuddly

October 16th, 2012
3:15 pm

“Don’t trade him now FW as next year he will likely return back to being his normal self – or better” – Skeezix

You gotta love the dreamers !

Jimmy

October 16th, 2012
3:18 pm

You have to decline that option. And not because you think there is a better catcher on the market but because you can take that money and think much bigger for LF and CF. Go with solid defense behind the plate and put the money into some solid outfielders, who will play more than a catcher, and make an impact. McCann has been solid but even if they pick up that option he won’t be back long term. Time to move on.

Jimmy

October 16th, 2012
3:18 pm

You have to decline that option. And not because you think there is a better catcher on the market but because you can take that money and think much bigger for LF and CF. Go with solid defense behind the plate and put the money into some solid outfielders, who will play more than a catcher, and make an impact. McCann has been solid but even if they pick up that option he won’t be back long term. Time to move on.

Ima Knutt

October 16th, 2012
3:18 pm

Hey, YEAH Hose! Great idea! We could re-sign Hinske, Overbay and Batista. Then, throw in McCann to the Angels for Trout. That’s a 4-for-1 deal. Heck, we’ll even pay half of Trout’s salary. Great deal!

You know, if that works, maybe we could re-sign Smoltz and Glavine and trade them to Detroit for Verlander. Wow! You’re a genius!

a fan

October 16th, 2012
3:30 pm

The smart move is to pick up the option, let insurance cover time missed and then see how he is. Perhaps a trade in July if neccesary.

Durham Pete

October 16th, 2012
3:31 pm

Enter your comments here

Do not pick up the option. It is too much to pay for someone so damaged.

jvcope

October 16th, 2012
3:36 pm

We wish you the very best with your surgery today Brian. Looking forward to you and David Ross returning next year. Go Braves!

BravesFanSince80s

October 16th, 2012
3:37 pm

I’m still trying to figure out why so many were so surprised at the defensive misques in the “play-in” game. I realize we supposedly had the “best defense” in the NL, but seriously, our infield consisted of a 40 yr old with basically one leg under him, a season-long revolving door at SS, a muscle-bound boob at 2B, and the pillsbury doughboy behind the plate. Either there was some hell-acious home town scoring helping them out exponentially, or MLB has REALLY tightened up the criteria for what can now be scored an error. It was no surprise what happened in that game to me at all…

dean

October 16th, 2012
3:38 pm

I’m betting “a fan” knows what he (assumption) speaks of.

Brave New World

October 16th, 2012
3:39 pm

Hope all goes well, B-Mac!

Willie Montanez

October 16th, 2012
3:41 pm

I heard a rumor we are trading Hansen and Jurrjens to the Angels for Trout!

Mikega1965

October 16th, 2012
3:41 pm

Evan Gettis deserves a shot hits for average monster power and good defensively as well. He is playing winter ball and doing great.

MikeY

October 16th, 2012
3:43 pm

a fan, I agree 100%. I think the Braves will pick up the options on McCann, Hudson, and Maholm, and all three could be trade bait at next year’s deadline if the Braves are out of it.

But I HOPE we are a better team next year, and I think with the cash that we will free up, the potential is there.

Go Braves!!

The Accountant

October 16th, 2012
3:44 pm

Who paid for his surgery? If the Braves did then obviously they are planning on picking up the option.

Heap 16

October 16th, 2012
3:49 pm

DOB – Thanks as always for all the hard work and very extensive coverage…it’s very much appreciated…hope you have a great offseason…

Just for some clarification on Mac’s surgery, you mentioned that the procedure today was in the posterior portion of the shoulder and would prevent some of the subluxation issues Mac was having. Do you know if the procedure today repaired the frayed labrum and/or addressed the cyst that was found in the MRI he had in August. Just wanted to get some clarity since you specified that any procedure that went into the front part of the shoulder could have jeopardized part or most of his 2013, so I wasn’t sure if the frayed labrum could have been in the front part and it was decided that it was too extensive a procedure to address that based on the extent of his damage. Thanks.

Rodney Derrick

October 16th, 2012
3:50 pm

What is wrong with the collective memory? No mention of the heralded defensive prospect in the farm system. Use Bethancourt to alternate with Rossy until Mac returns and tell him no worries about his hitting. He is already fabulous defensively and will throw out opposition runners. Then send him back to AA or AAA to work more on the hitting stroke. He would be the catching equivalent of Paul Janish.

BravesFanSince80s

October 16th, 2012
3:54 pm

dean: you do realize that while in the minors and still trying to play SS, Chipper’s team had to hand out hard hats to fans not protected by the screen behind 1B because he was so prone to let throws sail into the stands? After a 19 yr career, it’s not like we didn’t know what we had there. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Chipper fan, but let’s call a spade a spade. The guy was never that great on D. He lead all NL third basemen in errors more than once if I recall correctly, back when he could still move well enough to TRY to get to more balls. Ugly Dan is what Ugly Dan is, a LF who insanely insists on playing 2B, once again, we knew what we had there. SS was primarily handled throughout the year by 2 good glovemen, but the almost constant switching around due to inconsistent hitting and/or injuries is never a good thing for a well-gelled infield. McCann was a very average defensive catcher at his absolute best, and that we ain’t seen in about 3 yrs now. Like I said, that play-in game just proved a microcosm of all the problems the Braves have refused to deal with for the past 2 yrs and they all came home to roost at once…

FBGuy

October 16th, 2012
3:54 pm

Well, BravesFan, so glad there were no surprises in the wild card game for you. Since Ross played a lot of the last two months behind the plate, not sure if you are calling him doughboy. Sorry you’re so very upset over the Braves’ loss, but there’s always next year. Maybe they’ll play to your expectations.

BravesFanSince80s

October 16th, 2012
3:58 pm

Bethancourt isn’t projected to be part of the big league club’s plans that soon, he’s still too raw in his hitting approach is the word out on him to date…

BravesFanSince80s

October 16th, 2012
4:01 pm

Ross was one of the bright spots in that game and he didn’t play THAT much last year. McCann still played the lion’s share of the games even when it became horribly obvious he shouldn’t have…

Chipper's ACL

October 16th, 2012
4:03 pm

I say let him walk with this length of injury rehab. Shoppach would be a good option with Ross. Rumors also have Soto being non tendered by Tex. Seattle also may be willing to deal Jaso. Plenty of options out there that will be a lot cheaper and provide better defense and cut down on the running game. Other than Ross I can see the Braves resigning Johnson, possibly Dubin, Moylan to a minor league deal. I also expect big plays for Headley, Pagan to be signed for CF, and offers for a strong LF. Prado? With the funds saved this off season and the fact Wren has now shown the willingness to change previous bad moves, I would not be surprised if Uggla is pushed on and most of his contract absorbed by the Braves. Hey, anything is possible.

BravesFanSince80s

October 16th, 2012
4:07 pm

I for one, would like to have seen Chipper moved to 1B about 5-6 years ago, and Freddie Freeman should have then been developed as a 3B in the minors (the guy has great hands and one of the strongest arms in the organization). Hell, if MC can “play” 3B for Detroit, just how fleet of foot do you really have to be?

dean

October 16th, 2012
4:09 pm

BravesFan,

Possibly, you misinterpreted my question. Because I really don’t know, I was asking if there was anybody who might be able to handle the job.

Tokto Tom

October 16th, 2012
4:10 pm

Exercise the Option.

Those of you who say “let him go” will be the same ones saying “Fire Frank Wren for letting BMac go”
when he hits 25-30 homers, gets 90+RBI’s, and leads his team through the playoffs while the Braves sit at home & watch.

BravesFanSince80s

October 16th, 2012
4:12 pm

Tom if McCann hits for those kinds of numbers EVER again, it will be as a DH…

Ricky Grooms

October 16th, 2012
4:14 pm

Quick!!! Where is Biff Porcoroba???

Heap 16

October 16th, 2012
4:20 pm

Dean – No, there isn’t anyone in the system currently who would be able to help at the major league level next year. Bethancourt could very well be ready defensively right now and even be an asset shutting down the running game, but just turned 21 and has only had maybe 250 AB’s above A ball. He needs more AB’s at the AA/AAA level to further develop offensively and so the FO will be able to assess whether he will be able to hit enough at the big league level.

Gattis bat is very, very intriguing (huge RH power bat) and there’s an outside shot he could help offensively as soon as in the spring. However, it definitely appears he’s going to be moved from behind the plate (he kinda even has already – prob LF). He is off to great start in VZ winter league (he’s been DHing down there).

Heap 16

October 16th, 2012
4:23 pm

So to further address, anyone who was talking about Ross/Boscan or Ross/Gattis platoons next year that just isn’t realistic, if you were thinking Mac’s option should be declined in favor of one of those scenarios.

BravesFanSince80s

October 16th, 2012
4:28 pm

what would be so bad about Ross/Boscan? Both are great defensively and Ross when hot hits for as good a power as McCann. We’ve been too relient on C for offense for too long, going all the way back to Javy. Good defense up the middle, power on the corners, that’s how you win and that’s what we need to get back to (sorry Ugly Dan)…

smallmouth6

October 16th, 2012
4:35 pm

Good luck Brian. We need you in Atlanta! You’re a great player.

dean

October 16th, 2012
4:36 pm

Heap. Thanks..from a lifelong casual, rabid (if there can be such a thing) baseball fan.

Big John

October 16th, 2012
4:40 pm

Get a rent-a-catcher for 2013 to allow time for Bethancourt to season in the minors.

Picking up McCann’s option after major arm surgery is a disaster in the making !

BravesFanSince80s

October 16th, 2012
4:42 pm

I agree Big John, especially when you consider what that extra money might mean for a big bat for 3B or LF…

Mikey

October 16th, 2012
4:43 pm

I guess if I follow the illogic of this blog, San Francisco should have dumped Posey because he broke his leg and would never again be what he was???? Get serious, McCann when healthy is one of the top catchers in baseball and in the prime of his career turning 29 in Feb.

BravesFanSince80s

October 16th, 2012
4:48 pm

Posey was what? 22 or 23 when he broke his leg? Stupid comparison, not even remotely the same thing, plus Posey is an ATHLETE, he could play anywhere on the field. Illogical, geez…

Puma

October 16th, 2012
4:49 pm

This is good news, big confirmation that something was physiologically wrong and cause of Macs hitting woes. Anyone who says not to pick up option needs to take another look at that FA list above, and don’t say “sign Ruiz.”

BravesFanSince80s

October 16th, 2012
4:54 pm

Puma, whay do we need a big bat behind the plate? What IF, that freed up money not signing McCann meant the difference in landing somebody like Wright for 3B of Hamilton for LF? Not saying either of those 2 will happen, but still, hypothetically, what if?

DIPEN PATEL

October 16th, 2012
4:57 pm

It’s a great thing BRIAN McCANN is having his shoulder surgery now instead of later because this way he will be TOTALLY READY by OPENING DAY in 2013.Speaking of the POSTSEASON,tonight’s GAME is a MUST-WIN GAME for the yankees,ESPECIALLY about the FACT that the yankees have a ZERO SHOT at WINNING the FALL CLASSIC or even getting to the FALL CLASSIC–not to mention they no longer even have derek jeter available in their lineup.

Mikey

October 16th, 2012
4:58 pm

6 time allstar, 5 time Silver Slugger turning 29, his career is not over and we have NO ONE to replace him. Not an athlete???

Puma

October 16th, 2012
5:04 pm

BravesFan – because it makes more sense to have Mac next year at $13 mil vs someone like Hamilton for $20-25 million. If they could get Wright…well that’s may be a different matter. Plus, picking up option for 1 year is not a huge risk vs. signing Mac to extension. If they bring in someone like Hamilton or Wright they will have to extend 6+ years to get them…now that is what I call risk @ $20mil+ per year.

BravesFanSince80s

October 16th, 2012
5:06 pm

Where else on the diamond, with the current team in place, could McCann play other than catcher(which is obviously wearing him down and shortening his career)? That’s what I mean by athlete. Posey could play either corner outfield spot, or either first or third. Athlete. In fact, they didn’t know for sure what they were gonna do with him when he first came up because he could play any of those on top of catching and they weren’t sure about the wear and tear and his body from catching, but Posey got a bug in his ear about catching and then after breaking his leg, didn’t want the entire league thinking he was a pansy by moving to 1B or wherever, so there you go. He’s an athlete, McCann is a DH…

Heap 16

October 16th, 2012
5:06 pm

You’re very welcome, Dean

BravesFanSince80s

October 16th, 2012
5:08 pm

ordinarily I wouldn’t go in for a big contract, especially after the Ugly Dan fiasco, but if David Wright were willing to play in Atlanta for 5-6 years, I say, where’s the dotted line!!!!!!!!!!

BravesFanSince80s

October 16th, 2012
5:10 pm

Mikey, how many gold gloves are there on McCann’s shelf?

Puma

October 16th, 2012
5:13 pm

Would you sign Wright for 8 years $160 mil? That is a long time. 5-6 years at $100-$120, I could see that, maybe, but still an awful lot for a team with <$100 mil in payroll.

BravesFanSince80s

October 16th, 2012
5:17 pm

no, not for that much, if closer to the 120 figure, yes, in spades…

Teddy B

October 16th, 2012
5:20 pm

This might be it for Mac in ATL. He had a heck of a run, but honestly he’s got health problems already and he’s only 28! I think it might be best off for everyone to skip his option and let him sign with an AL team next season. He could switch to a part time catcher role and hit in the DH spot when he’s hurt which is way too often for his age.

I wish the stupid National League would just adopt the DH, guys like Chipper who can’t field very well anymore but still have some offensive production left in the tank could stick around another couple years. The way its set up now, all the aging stars sign with the AL to extend their careers a couple years and the NL gets shafted.

Bravos just need to start locking up some guys headed towards arbitration and we’ll be set for years. The Gnats claim they are going to be good for quite some time and they almost expect to win the Division every season from here on out, well we might have something to say about that and I hope we prove them WRONG! We have a whole lot of young guys like Heyward and Freeman who can play as good as anyone. Also, Uggla needs to get his stuff together and snap out of this 2 year slump next season.

Get well B-Mac and no matter what, good luck bud.

David O'Brien

October 16th, 2012
5:22 pm

Just for some clarification on Mac’s surgery, you mentioned that the procedure today was in the posterior portion of the shoulder and would prevent some of the subluxation issues Mac was having. Do you know if the procedure today repaired the frayed labrum and/or addressed the cyst that was found in the MRI he had in August. — Heap 16

Haven’t gotten specifics yet, but I’m sure they wouldn’t go in without removing cyst or getting rid of it in whatever manner. Fraying of labrum isn’t fixed like a torn labrum, not stitched together. From what I’m told, at least. But I’ll let you know what they say after the procedure, and make sure that was what the dye-contrast MRI showed last week.

Carl Farvman

October 16th, 2012
6:08 pm

“Who paid for his surgery? If the Braves did then obviously they are planning on picking up the option.”

We should assume that the injury was incurred while in the employ of the Braves. So, I don’t expect that much can be concluded from the fact the team is paying for his medical care. OK?

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