Brian McCann Injury Will Affect His Future with Braves

Brian McCann underwent shoulder surgery on Tuesday.  The injury to his shoulder affected his production in 2012, and it ultimately may affect whether the Atlanta Braves exercise their 2013 option on the All-Star catcher.  McCann is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for opening day next season, but the Braves will have to weigh whether to exercise the option and take the risk that he never bounces back or go in another direction.

Frank Wren, the Braves general manager, refused to comment on McCann's status and whether his surgery will affect the team's decision on bringing him back.  However, according to Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves should consider a one year return for McCann.  Bradley does not believe McCann's salary is enough of a deterrent to cause the Braves not to bring him back.


McCann has been with the Braves since Atlanta drafted him in 2002.  He made his debut on June 10, 2005.  Since then, McCann has hit .279/.351/.475.  He is a six-time All-Star with the Braves.  However, this past season was a tough one for him.  McCann hit .230/.300/.399.  It was, by far, his worst season with the Braves.  And that's a concern for Atlanta.

McCann is just 28-years old, but life behind the plate ages a player much quicker than almost any other position.  The Braves must weigh this as they make their decision.  They have had back-to-back disappointing seasons even though 2012 was a good regular season.  They can't afford to make a wrong decision.

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4 Responses to Brian McCann Injury Will Affect His Future with Braves

  1. Braves can't afford to loose McCann they will not be able to afford a catcher as good as he is. Because if other players that had a great season hope the braves will be able to bring them back if they can afford them. Right now you can afford Brian. There are other great players hurt and you don't see them panic now if he couldn't play ball again then you would have to do it But how many players over the years have the Braves let go and they come back and beat the Braves. I keep up with the Brave every year. I have kept up with homeruns and Brian has come through most of the time with balls over the fence and grandslams.

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    1. Good points. McCann has also made himself into possibly the second face of the franchise behind Chipper. Of course, if he continues to drop in production levels, he will quickly be forgotten.

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  2. I've been a long time Braves fan and I would hate to see B-Mac based on a lack of information. Let him get through rehab and assess his condition during the preseason. It's too soon to make such a rash decision because of an injury and because he's coming up on the end of his contract.

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    1. Very true. There's no sense in rushing things.

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