This is getting a little ridiculous, right? The last two games Brian McCann has played against the Pittsburgh Pirates have resulted in an injury. Last season, McCann injured his oblique in the 19th inning game the Pirates and Atlanta Braves played on July 26. Last night, McCann left the game in the fifth inning after grounding out to second base. More after the jump
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution the injury isn’t considered as serious as last season’s injury. Here is the initial prognosis:
“strained intercostal muscle in his right side. It’s not considered as serious as a strained oblique muscle and something the Braves are holding out hope will just require a few days off.”
“Just want to be smart about things and make sure I make this a day or two or three thing instead of a DL stint,” McCann said. “Just precautionary reasons. We wanted to make sure it heals up.”
It is wise to treat this as cautionary as possible. The last thing the Braves want and need is to lose McCann for an extended period of time.
Maybe the Braves should be more cautious when playing the Pirates from now on. Giving McCann a series off would be rash, but maybe would be a decent thing to consider to keep their catcher healthy.