ATLANTA, GA - JULY 28: Catcher Brian McCann #16 of the Atlanta Braves argues with home plate umpire Dan Iassogna (not pictured) during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Turner Field on July 28, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Brian McCann Injury Update: Braves Catcher Activated From Disabled List

Brian McCann left Tuesday night's game and will miss more than two weeks. David Ross will become the starting catcher.

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Brian McCann Injury Update: Braves Activate All-Star Catcher For Cubs Series Finale

Brian McCann caught five innings for the Braves' Triple-A affiliate on Saturday, went 1 for 3 at the plate with a homer, and announced himself fit to return to the Atlanta lineup after the game. With that the Braves activated McCann from the disabled list on Sunday morning and the All-Star catcher will be batting third in the lineup today in the series finale against the Cubs

McCann missed 16 games after suffering an oblique injury on July 26 while throwing down to second base on an attempted steal. McCann had hoped to return to the lineup on Friday night which would have been the first day he was eligible. The Braves however, elected to send McCann on the rehab assignment just to make sure that he was ready to return to action. 

McCann's activation was one of a flurry of roster moves made by the Braves Sunday morning. In addition to McCann, Atlanta also activated reliever Scott Linebrink from the disabled list. To make room on the active roster, the Braves placed Tommy Hanson on the disabled list and optioned Anthony Varvaro back to Gwinnett. 

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Brian McCann Injury Update: Braves Catcher Could Be Activated Soon

Brian McCann has been kept him out of the Atlanta Braves lineup ever since the catcher tweaked his back on July 26. The latest injury update for the Braves backstop looks promising, though, so a return might be not too far off into the future.

McCann will likely wait until Friday to start his rehabilitation assignment, according to the Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien, before potentially being activated toward the end of the weekend.

McCann is eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday per league rules, but it doesn't hurt to leave him off of the active roster until his back is fully recovered -- especially since oblique strains typically take up to a month of recovery time.

McCann's bat is pretty important to the Atlanta lineup, too, as David Ross is hitting just .234 on the season. Luckily, it sounds like the starter will be back sooner rather than later so Ross will take his place back on the bench.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta for any updates regarding our All-Star catcher and his injured back. For more Braves news and discussion, head to Talking Chop.

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Brian McCann Injury: Braves Catcher Set To Take Batting Practice

Brian McCann is not eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list until Thursday, August 11, but the All-Star catcher is recovering nicely after straining an oblique last week. David Ross has filled in nicely behind the plate, but he simply doesn't have the impact that Mac has on a nightly basis.

From Mark Bowman's latest tweet:

McCann felt good hitting off a tee today. Hopes to take regular BP tomorrow.

Oblique strains can take as much as a month to recover from, so this is great news for the Braves. With Chipper Jones expected back in the lineup on Saturday, hopefully Atlanta can have a lineup at full strength for their upcoming 10-game home stand against the Cubs, Giants and Diamondbacks.

It is crucial for both the Braves and McCann to make sure his oblique is completely healed before returning to the lineup. Those kind of injuries can plague a player for months if it is not properly dealt with the first time and we do not want that happening to our star catcher.

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Brian McCann Strains Oblique, Headed To 15-Day Disabled List

Brian McCann has a strained left oblique and will be heading to the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday. He strained the oblique in the tenth inning of Tuesday night's game as he attempted to throw out a base stealer. He immediately left the game and was replaced by David Ross.

The injury comes at the worst possible time. The offense has been struggling and Chipper Jones is day-to-day after coming off the disabled list for a torn knee meniscus. One would assume Frank Wren would now be much more likely to add an impact bat at the trade deadline, especially if McCann is going to miss two or three weeks.

An official move will be announced Wednesday morning, but J.C. Boscan will likely be the catcher called up to take over the backup duties in Atlanta. The 31-year old journeyman is hitting .194 with Gwinnett this season.

Get well soon, BMac. We're going to miss you.

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Brian McCann Injury: Atlanta Braves Catcher Leaves Game With Back Injury

A day after the Atlanta Braves had a team that was as complete as it has been since Spring Training, their All-Star catcher, Brian McCann, left Tuesday night's game in the tenth inning with an apparent back injury. McCann also grabbed his upper hamstring in a previous inning while running to first base, though he was able to stay in the game.

No official word has been given on McCann's injury, but one would have to expect he would miss at least a game or two. He attempted to stay in the game after a meeting with coaches and Jeff Porter, the team's athletic trainer, but exited after taking one warmup throw.

David Ross came into the game to replace McCann. 

Stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta for any updates regarding our All-Star catcher and his injured back. For more Braves news and discussion, head to Talking Chop.

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