ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 17: Brian McCann #16 of the Atlanta Braves hits a double into deep right in the fifth inning against the New York Mets at Turner Field on April 17, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Brian McCann Injury: Braves Catcher In Sunday's Lineup Against Pirates

Brian McCann is back in the Braves lineup for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Brian McCann Injury: Braves Catcher Back In Lineup On Sunday

Brian McCann is back in the Braves' lineup for Sunday after suffering a side injury on Friday. McCann woke up feeling better on Saturday but sat out the Atlanta loss to the Pirates. It was originally thought that McCann would be back on Monday but he lobbied manager Fredi Gonzalez for Sunday's game. The Braves brought him in early and he passed all of the tests to get back in the lineup.

McCann is hitting .250 for the Braves and has three homers and nine RBIs on the season. David Ross got the start for McCann in Saturday's game.

For more on Brian McCann and the Atlanta Braves check out Talking Chop. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball head over to Baseball Nation.


Pirates Vs. Braves Starting Lineups: Chipper Jones, Brian McCann In Sunday's Lineup

Chipper Jones is in Fredi Gonzalez's starting lineup for Sunday after sitting out on Saturday with pain in his surgically repaired knee. Jones told the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Saturday that his knee began bothering him late in Friday's game and the 40-year old third baseman sat out Saturday's game appearing as a pinch hitter late.

"Ever since (Friday) night about the seventh or eighth inning, it's been really, really bad," Jones said. "I don't know what the prognosis is. I don't know why it's hurting the way it is. But if it continues to affect me the way it is, I can't go out there and play nine innings. I can't do it."

Jones might not be able to go the whole game but the knee must have improved enough that he is going to give it a try on Sunday.

Chipper isn't the only player back in the Braves lineup as Brian McCann is also making his return one game ahead of schedule. McCann left Friday's game with a ribcage injury but woke up feeling better on Saturday and is back in there on Sunday.

Here is a look at the full lineups for today's game:

Atlanta Braves

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF
2. Martin Prado (R) LF
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Brian McCann (L) C
5. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
6. Chipper Jones (S) 3B
7. Jason Heyward (L) RF
8. Tyler Pastornicky (R) SS
9. Tim Hudson (R) P

Pittsburgh Pirates

1. Alex Presley (L) LF
2. Jose Tabata (R) RF
3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
4. Garrett Jones (L) 1B
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B
7. Clint Barmes (R) SS
8. Michael McKenry (R) C
9. Kevin Correia (R) P

For more on this game Braves fans should check out Talking Chop and Pirates fans should visit Bucs Dugout For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball head over to Baseball Nation.


Brian McCann Injury: Braves' Catcher Hopeful For Monday Return

The Atlanta Braves took a sigh of relief on Saturday when Brian McCann woke up and felt better after he suffered a ribcage injury on a throw to second base during Friday's game. McCann missed a part of the 2011 season with a strained oblique but this injury isn't thought to be anywhere near as serious. That didn't stopMcCann and the Braves from being cautious.

"I don't like not being in there, but I learned my lesson last year that you go on the DL with an oblique for 3 ½ weeks to a month, it's going to take you two months to get back," McCann said. "So I was being cautious and hopefully in a couple days I'll be ready to go."

David Ross got the start for the Braves on Saturday and is expected to also on Sunday. McCann is hopeful that he might be able to return to action on Sunday for the series finale with the Pirates.

For more on Brian McCann and the Atlanta Braves check out Talking Chop.


Brian McCann Injury Update: Braves Catcher Day-To-Day With Rib Cage Strain

Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann has been listed as day-to-day by the club with a right ribcage strain. McCann suffered the injury on Friday night when he blocked a ball in effort to prevent a wild pitch. After taking his at bat in the fifth, McCann exited the game after experiencing discomfort swinging.

McCann called his leaving the game "just a precaution" and added, "I want to be sure it heals up."

But it isn't known how long that might take.

"We'll know more tomorrow," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It's up high between the ribs. We've not really overly concerned. If it is with the oblique, it is a different story."

McCann hasn't got off to a quick start this year, hitting just .250/.300/.422 with three home runs and five runs batted in. Hopefully for the Braves, McCann heals quickly and is not affected by this injury going forward, otherwise a DL stint looks like a distinct possibility.

For more on the Braves, be sure to head over to Talking Chop and join the discussion.


Brian McCann Exits Game In 6th Inning, Braves Lead Pirates 2-1

According to a tweet from ESPN's Buster Olney, Braves catcher Brian McCann was pulled from Friday night's game with the Pittsburgh Pirates during the sixth inning. He was replaced behind the plate by David Ross.

After Garrett Jones of the Pirates singled to drive in a run and tie the game in the top of the fourth inning, the Braves scored in the bottom of the inning when shortstop Tyler Pastornicky singled to center to drive in Jason Heyward.

Michael Bourn continues to have success at the plate as he is 2-for-2 thus far to raise his season marks to .325/.393/.412.

Tommy Hanson has looked good in six innings pitched so far, allowing just one run on six hits. He has struck out five, while walking three.

We'll continue to monitor the situation with Brian McCann, and for continued Atlanta Braves coverage, make sure to head on over to Talking Chop.

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