Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann saw his year of 2012 get even worse last week when he learned that his shoulder was injured worse than previously thought and that he will need six months to rehab his labrum, Dave O’Brien reports.
Dr. Xavier Duralde operated on the posterior portion of the labrum in McCann’s right shoulder on Tuesday to help correct the fraying and prevent the subluxations (temporary dislocations) that McCann experienced while hitting last season. More importantly, Duralde noted that the tear to McCann’s labrum was “slightly larger” than what the MRI originally indicated.
A team official told O’Brien that McCann will return to light baseball activities in four months and full baseball activities in six months, which is mid-April. In order to be legitimately ready for the regular season, it is expected that McCann will miss at least the first month of the season.
McCann had a career-worst season in just about every category, including batting average (.230), on-base percentage (.300), slugging percentage (.399), doubles (14), RBIs (67) and games played (121). His 20 homers were also the least he has hit in a season since he hit 18 home runs in 2007.
Of course, this wouldn’t be as big a deal if it weren’t for the lingering contract issue. McCann made $11.5 million in 2012 in the final guaranteed year of his contract. If the Braves bring him back under his current deal for 2013, they’ll have to pony up $13 million, which they’re still expected to do.
That’s largely due to the fact that there’s no obvious heir to McCann’s starting job. David Ross, who has expressed a desire to return to Atlanta in at the age of 36, is not considered a candidate to start a full season even though he is largely regarded as the best backup backstop in the Major Leagues. Prospects Evan Gattis and Christian Bethancourt are also not quite ready to make the jump from the minors.
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