Sunday, May 26, 2013
The Associated Press
ATLANTA - Brian McCann's agent said Wednesday the Atlanta Braves' catcher expects to be "completely healthy" for 2013 following surgery on his right shoulder.
McCann's rehabilitation could last six months, so his status for the opening month is uncertain. The Braves, meanwhile, must decide this month on their $12 million option on McCann for 2013.
Tuesday's surgery by Dr. Xavier Duralde repaired McCann's torn labrum. The Braves said the tear was larger than expected.
McCann's agent, B.B. Abbott, said the six-time All-Star is expecting a full recovery.
McCann, 28, is expected to return to light baseball activities in about four months. The full clearance could come in April, the season's opening month.
The team must decide within three days of the end of the World Series on contract options for McCann and pitcher Tim Hudson, for $9 million.
The shoulder problem didn't affect McCann's throwing but it hampered his hitting. He set a career low with his .230 batting average. He hit 20 homers with 67 RBI in 121 games. He also was slowed by tendinitis in his right knee.
McCann was notably left out of the starting lineup for the Braves' wild-card loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said McCann would have started if the team advanced.
McCann, a career .279 hitter, began a string of six straight All-Star appearances in 2006, his first full season. He has hit 20 or more homers six times and has three seasons with more than 90 RBI.
There is a $500,000 buyout if the Braves don't pick up the option on McCann's contract.