ATLANTA -- Brian McCann was back in the Braves' lineup on Sunday after missing just one game because of a ribcage strain suffered in the series opener against the Pirates on Friday.
That was definitely good news for the Braves, who need the catcher healthy. He suffered an oblique strain last season and never recovered his batting stroke as the team let a postseason spot slip away in September.
McCann said that he knew this injury was much less serious when he woke up Saturday morning and felt minimal discomfort. Still, the intercostals muscle strain was expected to keep him out of the lineup until Monday's series finale against the Pirates.
"I don't think I can re-injure it doing anything," McCann said. "It's just a matter of dealing with a little twinge."
Chipper Jones was also back in the lineup Sunday after pinch-hitting in Saturday's 4-2 loss, which was his 2,400th game. The third baseman is battling continued soreness in his left knee after having arthroscopic surgery during Spring Training.