CINCINNATI -- Braves All-Star catcher Brian McCann was scratched from the starting lineup Wednesday for the second night in a row due to flu-like symptoms. McCann was originally slated to bat fifth against the Reds and starter Bronson Arroyo.
"His temperature is down from yesterday and we were trying to get him ready to play," said manager Fredi Gonzalez during a pregame media session. "He got here early, we got him moving around, but he's got the chills going right now and he's got the body ache. His joints are aching."
McCann undoubtedly was hoping to get some at-bats against Arroyo. He is 9-for-18 lifetime against the right-hander with four home runs and seven RBIs.
David Ross will start in McCann's place. Gonzalez said McCann would have been used in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Reds if the Braves would have gotten to the ninth spot in the batting order. Ross, batting seventh, lined out to shortstop to end the game.