Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann underwent successful surgery Tuesday afternoon to repair a large tear of his labrum. The Braves are expecting McCann to miss 4-6 months before he could return to baseball activities in February. The Braves are not expecting McCann to return to the team at full health until mid-April which will make him miss the beginning of the season, as if losing Chipper Jones was hurtful enough.
A question for Atlanta now is whether or not to exercise McCann’s 2013 $12 million option, which the Braves have until three days after the final game of the World Series to decide. Although McCann had one of the worst seasons of his career, .230/.300/.399 average with 20 home runs and 67 RBI, the Braves do not have a viable everyday option behind him at the catching position, although the team does like David Ross.
McCann may not get the option now because of his injury and because his 121 played games was the lowest since he started to become the full-time catcher of the Braves in 2006.
McCann battled shoulder problems are year on the offensive side of the game but had said that his shoulder did not hurt him when throwing the baseball. Early MRIs in August showed that McCann was suffering from shoulder sublaxation and that McCann had a cyst on top of his shoulder.
Surgery is supposed to correct the issues that McCann has been plagued with and he should be back to normal by April if the Braves choose to pick up his option.
One thing is for certain though, McCann’s stats are declining as he is getting older. Catcher may not be his position in three or four years if injuries continue to hamper his performance.
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