Refresh  
  Page last updated on Tue Jan 17 22:46:26 EST 2017
TOP NEWS
CATCHER MCCANN COULD BE READY FOR 2013
Mon, 22 Oct 2012 09:51 PM EDT

Brian McCann’s agent said the Atlanta Braves catcher is expecting to be ”completely healthy” for the 2013 season following surgery on his right shoulder.

McCann’s rehab could last 6 months, so his standing for the opening month of next season is doubtful. The Braves, in the meantime, 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 Atlanta Braves say the tear was larger than predicted.

McCann’s agent, B.B. Abbott, asserted the 6-time All-Star is expecting a full recovery.

McCann, 28 years old, is expected to come back to light baseball activities in about 4 months. The full clearance could come 2 months later in April, the season’s opening month.

Braves general manager Frank Wren was attending organizational meetings in Orlando on Wednesday and couldn’t be reached for comment on McCann.

The team must decide within 3 days of the end of World Series on contract options for McCann and starting pitcher Tim Hudson, for $9 million.

Abbott recounted he has been given ”no indication about the Atlanta Braves” intentions” on McCann.

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 RBIs 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 to the division series.

McCann, a career .279 hitter, began a string of 6 straight All-Star appearances in 2006, his 1st full season. He has hit 20 or even more homers 6 times and has 3 seasons with over 90 RBIs. Basketball spreads

Wren knows he must replace 3rd baseman Chipper Jones, who is retiring. Centerfielder and leadoff hitter Michael Bourn could be difficult to re-sign as a free agent.

When discussing about his offseason outlook the day following the wild-card loss, Wren indicated his plans next season included McCann.

”To be honest with you, I feel just like this is a more focused offseason,” Wren said. ”I’m looking forward to it because I think there is a narrower focus of what we need. We’ve got a lot of good young players in place and we need to determine what we do in center field … And we must work out how we replace Chipper. Beyond that, our club is pretty solid.”

There’s a $500,000 buyout if the Atlanta Braves don’t pick up the option on McCann’s deal.

Backup catcher David Ross, who will be a free agent, has been a productive fill-in for McCann, Ross will be 36 next season. ”He’s been real valuable in that backup role and we’ll continue to look to have him back,” Wren recounted.

Wren may have to look for help at catcher regardless of whether McCann returns and Ross is re-signed. A veteran could be signed for depth in case McCann is not ready for the start of the season.


Sponsored Links

Download Printable Schedules
Now you can download and print schedules for each sport so you can plan ahead and track your results.
UPDATED:
FOOTBALL: 11/1/2016 - 2/5/2017
BASKETBALL 1/10/2017 - 2/6/2017
HOCKEY 1/10/2017 - 2/6/2017
TOP TEN WAGERS
RK Team
1
Los Angeles Lakers
2
Wisconsin
3
Houston Rockets
4
Wisconsin
5
San Antonio Spurs
01/17/2017
NBADallas Mavericks at Chicago Bulls5:00 PM PST
ATP - Australian OpenISNER, J vs. ZVEREV, M5:15 PM PST
ATP - Australian OpenTSONGA, J-W vs. LAJOVIC, D5:15 PM PST
ATP - Australian OpenBERDYCH, T vs. HARRISON, R5:15 PM PST
ATP - Australian Open, DoublesKOOLHOF W / MIDDELKOOP M vs. PERALTA J / ZEBALLOS H5:15 PM PST
ATP - Australian Open, DoublesHAASE R / MAYER F vs. BOLT A / MOUSLEY B5:15 PM PST
WTA - Australian OpenFOURLIS, J vs. KUZNETSOVA, S5:15 PM PST
WTA - Australian OpenKERBER, A vs. WITTHOEFT, C5:15 PM PST
WTA - Australian Open, DoublesJURAK D / RODIONOVA AN vs. CORNET A / LINETTE M5:15 PM PST
NBAMinnesota Timberwolves at San Antonio Spurs5:30 PM PST
ATP - Australian OpenLACKO, L vs. SELA, D5:30 PM PST
ATP - Australian Open, DoublesROJER J-J / TECAU H vs. PETZSCHNER P / YOUZHNY M5:30 PM PST
ATP - Australian Open, DoublesDURAN G / SOUSA J vs. DANIELL M / DEMOLINER M5:30 PM PST
ATP - Australian Open, DoublesLINDSTEDT R / VENUS M vs. BEGEMANN A / STRUFF J-L5:30 PM PST
WTA - Australian OpenJANKOVIC, J vs. GOERGES, J5:30 PM PST
WTA - Australian Open, DoublesHUBER L / SANCHEZ M vs. BRENGLE M / RODIONOVA AR5:30 PM PST
College BasketballMichigan vs Wisconsin6:00 PM PST
College BasketballVanderbilt vs Georgia6:00 PM PST
ATP - Australian OpenWAWRINKA, S vs. JOHNSON, S6:30 PM PST
ATP - Australian OpenRUBIN, N vs. FEDERER, R6:30 PM PST
WTA - Australian Open, DoublesGARCIA C / MLADENOVIC K vs. BENCIC B / KONJUH A6:30 PM PST
ATP - Australian OpenLORENZI, P vs. TROICKI, V6:45 PM PST
ATP - Australian OpenKHACHANOV, K vs. SOCK, J6:45 PM PST
ATP - Australian Open, DoublesSAVILLE L / THOMPSON J vs. INGLOT D / MERGEA F6:45 PM PST
ATP - Australian Open, DoublesJANOWICZ J / MATKOWSKI M vs. FOGNINI F / VERDASCO F6:45 PM PST
WTA - Australian OpenPLISKOVA, K vs. BEGU, I6:45 PM PST
WTA - Australian OpenSUAREZ NAVARRO, C vs. CIRSTEA, S6:45 PM PST
WTA - Australian OpenPENG, S vs. BOUCHARD, E6:45 PM PST
WTA - Australian Open, DoublesKOVINIC D / SIEGEMUND L vs. SCHUURS D / VORACOVA R6:45 PM PST
WTA - Australian Open, DoublesLUCIC-BARONI M / PETKOVIC A vs. NICULESCU M / SPEARS A6:45 PM PST
WTA - Australian Open, DoublesWILLIAMS S / WILLIAMS V vs. BABOS T / PAVLYUCHENKOVA A6:45 PM PST
WTA - Australian Open, DoublesBIRRELL K / HON P vs. STOSUR S / ZHANG S6:45 PM PST
ATP - Australian Open, DoublesJAZIRI M / ROBERT S vs. DODIG I / GRANOLLERS M7:00 PM PST
WTA - Australian Open, DoublesMCHALE C / MUHAMMAD A vs. SREBOTNIK K / ZHENG S7:00 PM PST
NBADenver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers7:30 PM PST
WTA - Australian Open, DoublesKNAPP K / MINELLA M vs. BROADY N / WATSON H7:45 PM PST
ATP - Australian OpenDE MINAUR, A vs. QUERREY, S8:00 PM PST
ATP - Australian OpenEVANS, D vs. CILIC, M8:00 PM PST
ATP - Australian OpenSCHWARTZMAN, D vs. DARCIS, S8:00 PM PST
ATP - Australian Open, DoublesLU Y-H / VESELY J vs. POLMANS M / WHITTINGTON A8:00 PM PST
ATP - Australian Open, DoublesLOPEZ F / LOPEZ M vs. DOLGOPOLOV A / MELZER G8:00 PM PST
WTA - Australian OpenBARTHEL, M vs. PUIG, M8:00 PM PST
WTA - Australian OpenPARMENTIER, P vs. VANDEWEGHE, C8:00 PM PST
WTA - Australian Open, DoublesRAE J / SMITH A vs. MIRZA S / STRYCOVA B8:00 PM PST
ATP - Australian Open, DoublesMATHIEU P-H / PAIRE B vs. BRYAN B / BRYAN M8:15 PM PST
WTA - Australian Open, DoublesDABROWSKI G / KRAJICEK M vs. KALASHNIKOVA O / KRUNIC A8:15 PM PST
WTA - Australian Open, DoublesERRANI S / FLIPKENS K vs. GAVRILOVA D / KASATKINA D8:15 PM PST
WTA - Australian OpenSEVASTOVA, A vs. KUCOVA, K9:20 PM PST
ATP - Australian OpenSEPPI, A vs. KYRGIOS, N11:00 PM PST
01/18/2017
WTA - Australian OpenCRAWFORD, S vs. MUGURUZA, G00:01 AM PST
WTA - Australian OpenROGERS, S vs. BARTY, A00:01 AM PST
ATP - Australian OpenTOMIC, B vs. ESTRELLA BURGOS, V01:15 AM PST
ATP - Australian OpenMURRAY, A vs. RUBLEV, A01:15 AM PST
International - Champions LeagueUR VENEZIA at AVTODOR SARATOV07:30 AM PST
International - Champions LeagueBC KHIMIK YUZNY at PINAR KARSIYAKA09:00 AM PST
International - Champions LeagueEWE BASKETS OLDENBURG at PAOK THESSALONIKI09:00 AM PST
International - Champions LeagueBK VENTSPILS at NEPTUNAS KLAIPEDA09:00 AM PST
International - EurocupMONTAKIT FUENLABRADA at BC LOKOMOTIV KUBAN09:00 AM PST
International - EurocupHAPOEL JERUSALEM at ZENIT ST PETERSBURG09:00 AM PST
International - Champions LeagueJOENSUUN KATAJA at CSM ORADEA09:30 AM PST
International - Champions LeagueLE MANS SARTHE at MACCABI RISCHON LEZION09:30 AM PST
International - Champions LeagueSPIROU BASKET at STELMET ZIELONA GORA09:30 AM PST
International - Champions LeagueAEK ATHENS at KK PARTIZAN BEOGRAD NIS11:00 AM PST
International - EurocupLIETKABELIS PANAVEZYS at FC BAYERN MUNCHEN11:00 AM PST
International - EurocupCEDEVITA ZAGREB at ALBA BERLIN11:00 AM PST
International - Champions LeagueUSAK SPORTIF at OPENJOBMETIS VARESE11:30 AM PST
International - Champions LeagueKK CIBONA ZAGREB at STRASBOURG IG11:30 AM PST
International - EurocupVALENCIA BASKET at UNICAJA MALAGA11:45 AM PST
NBAMemphis Grizzlies at Washington Wizards4:00 PM PST
NBAToronto Raptors at Philadelphia 76ers4:00 PM PST
NBAPortland Trail Blazers at Charlotte Hornets4:00 PM PST
NBANew York Knicks at Boston Celtics4:30 PM PST
NBAAtlanta Hawks at Detroit Pistons5:00 PM PST
NBAMilwaukee Bucks at Houston Rockets5:00 PM PST
NBAOrlando Magic at New Orleans Pelicans5:00 PM PST
NBAIndiana Pacers at Sacramento Kings7:30 PM PST
NBAOklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors7:30 PM PST
01/22/2017
NFLGreen Bay Packers vs Atlanta Falcons12:05 PM PST
NFLPittsburgh Steelers vs New England Patriots3:40 PM PST

x