MIAMI -- Braves All-Star catcher Brian McCann is expected to begin his Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday. McCann will play at least two games and possibly three before being activated from the disabled list.
It is unknown whether McCann will play catcher during each of the games of his rehab assignment. With the Pawtucket Red Sox, an American League affiliate, in town this weekend, Gwinnett will be utilizing a designated hitter, and there is a chance McCann could fill that role for at least one game.
McCann has been sidelined since straining his left oblique muscle on July 26. There is a chance the six-time All-Star catcher will return in time for Monday's series opener against the defending World Series champion Giants.