Found February 08, 2013 on hardballchat.com:
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The Atlanta Braves won’t have C Brian McCann won’t be in the lineup when the season starts in 2013. McCann is recovering from a surgically repaired right should and will not be ready when the regular season begins. His surgery was undertaken in October and McCann told reporters that he has just recently started hitting off a tee again. “Just started hitting off a tee. I started throwing last week, from 45 feet. Sixty feet this week. I’ve thrown a total of six times. Next week hopefully to 90 feet, and just go from there. I’ve got to build my are strength back,” McCann told reporters. McCann is entering into a team-option year of his contract. There is speculation in some circles that the Braves might be ready to move on from McCann next season, making room for prospect Christian Bethancourt. McCann struggled last season, posting career lows in most offensive categories while playing with a torn labrum. McCann told reporters that doctors have told him he won’t be medically cleared to play until April 15, but some speculate his return to the Braves might not happen until late April after a rehab stint. The post REPORT: Atlanta Braves Brian McCann won’t be ready for season appeared first on Hardball Chat Baseball Blog.
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