Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann had to leave yesterday’s game after set-up man Jonny Venters threw a wild pitch that got him on the left knee. He was initially hoping to return to action today, but that won’t be the case for arguably the best catcher in baseball.
The problem for McCann is that the knee swelled up last night, and this made it difficult for him to squat. The Braves have an off day on Monday, so he will be hoping to play on Tuesday and miss just this game. The good thing is that the Braves have the best backup catcher in baseball, David Ross, who could be starting on numerous MLB teams right now.
Hopefully, the most powerful catcher in baseball will be back and in full swing- no pun intended- to be able to face off against the Miami Marlins, who beat Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 Saturday behind two home runs from third baseman (I still can’t get used to the fact that he isn’t a shortstop anymore) Hanley Ramirez.
The 28-year-old said yesterday, ”I’m going to get here tomorrow and hopefully play,” said McCann. “If I can move around and I can block, I’ll be able to play, for sure,” in the hopes that he could have played today before the swelling took place on his left knee overnight.
Ross played in his place yesterday after McCann suffered the injury in the seventh inning, and Ross had been out for about a week with a strained right groin. He caught the rest of the game without any issues, and he will be getting the nod today.