WASHINGTON -- The Braves would have preferred to have rested backup catcher David Ross for at least one additional day. But with Brian McCann unavailable to play in Sunday afternoon's series finale against the Nationals, they opted to give Ross his first start since he tweaked his right groin on May 25.
"I would say I'm 85-90 percent," Ross said before the game. "I know it's there, but I don't really feel it."
Ross did not experience any problems when he caught the final 1 2/3 innings of Saturday's game after McCann was hit just above the left knee with a pitch thrown by Braves left-handed reliever Jonny Venters. The six-time All-Star catcher immediately exited because he felt his mobility was limited with two runners on base in a tie game.
Ross also got through Sunday's game without problem until being replaced by a pinch-runner in the eighth inning. He had to play it smart when Andrelton Simmons hit a two-out double to the gap in the second inning. Instead of attempting to push himself to score, he was forced to stop at third base.
McCann's hopes of playing on Sunday were dashed when he experienced some swelling around his knee overnight. But after resting on Monday's scheduled off-day, he is expected to return to the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Marlins.