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Brian McCann injury: Shoulder surgery is a success

It's unclear if Atlanta will pick up the option for Brian McCann for 2013. McCann played in 121 games for the Braves this season.

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Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann underwent shoulder surgery on Tuesday, but his agent is optimistic about the possibility for a full and speedy recovery. According to ESPN, McCann's agent B.B. Abbott told the Associated Press that McCann was "extremely encouraged" by his post-surgery discussion with his doctor.

"His prognosis is for a full and complete recovery and he is excited to be completely healthy for the 2013 season," Abbott said.

Whether McCann will play next season in Atlanta remains up for debate. The Braves have until three days after the World Series to decide on his 2013 option. The price tag for that option is $12 million.

According to the MLB Blog Network, one consideration might be the development of highly-regarded prospect Christian Bethancourt. Bethancourt played in Double-A this season before breaking his left hand. It appears that he will make a quick recovery.

McCann played in 121 games for Atlanta in 2012. He batted .230, but hit 20 home runs.

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