ATLANTA The chrome blue rig idled in the player's parking lot at Turner Field Monday morning, slowly being loaded down with essentials both personal and professional to be transported to spring training. Seven short days remain; baseball looms.
Along with the rest of the Braves' supplies being packed and shipped down to ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, catcher's pads, mitts and masks were present. At this point, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez, those items are set to soon be worn by a six-time All-Star.
"I wouldn't put it past Mac (Brian McCann) to be there for Opening Day, you know?" Gonzalez said during an impromptu media session in his office Monday. "He's talked about doing it and he feels good and he could do it."
McCann underwent surgery on Oct. 16 to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder an injury that held him to the lowest batting average (.230) and OPS (.698) in his eight-year career but has spoken openly about being the team's Opening Day cat...