ATLANTA -- Braves catcher David Ross left Friday's 7-4 loss to the Nationals in the second inning with a strained right groin. Even though manager Fredi Gonzalez does not expect Ross to be out of action for long, the Braves will still call up a catcher before Saturday's game.
Gonzalez said Ross has had minor groin strains before, which gives the Braves hope the injury is not serious. But with third baseman Chipper Jones headed to the disabled list with a severe bruise on his left calf, and catcher Brian McCann still recovering from the flu, the Braves' bench was getting short.
"[Ross has] had it before," Gonzalez said. "It's usually a day or two. We're hoping it's the same thing and not a major injury.
"Nevertheless, we can't go without a backup catcher."
The Braves do not have another catcher on their 40-man roster, so either J.C. Boscan or Jose Yepez, both at Triple-A Gwinnett, will likely replace Jones on the active roster. Boscan started Friday night but was removed in the sixth inning, possibly indicating a callup. He has played in five games for the Braves in since 2010 and is hitting .196 with two home runs in Triple-A this season.
Ross was injured in the bottom of the second inning, when he checked his swing on a 3-2 slider from left-hander Ross Detwiler. The pitch was ruled a ball and Ross immediately grabbed his groin before going to first base.
McCann replaced Ross as a pinch-runner and remained in the game to catch. McCann had been out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight day as he recovers from the flu and was not supposed to catch Friday. Gonzalez said playing seven innings behind the plate wore on McCann.
"His effect of the three days of sickness in Cincinnati was showing there in the last four innings," Gonzalez said. "He barely made it through."