NEW YORK -- Brian McCann returned to the Braves' lineup on Saturday after having rested for three full days after receiving a cortisone injection. Now the Braves catcher will approach the season's final months with the hope that his right shoulder does not continue to be too bothersome.
McCann has spent the past couple of months dealing with what the Braves have termed a right shoulder subluxation. He played through the pain for a few months and then gradually felt the discomfort increase when he was swinging the bat over the past couple of weeks.
"It got worse 2 1/2 to three weeks ago," McCann said. "It got to the point to where I was feeling it a lot."
Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury missed two months after being diagnosed with a right shoulder subluxation. McCann's condition does not appear to be as serious, and the Braves are hopeful that the anti-inflammatory effects of the cortisone shot will provide some relief.
McCann is not bothered by the discomfort when he is throwing. He has not gained any indication that he will need to undergo surgery this winter.