Braves keeping watch on hurting catchers

Braves keeping watch on hurting catchers

ATLANTA -- As the Braves approach the final weeks of the regular season, manager Fredi Gonzalez has indicated that backup catcher David Ross could see more playing time if Brian McCann continues to struggle and be bothered by a sore right shoulder.

But the Braves are also going to have to keep an eye on Ross, who has been dealing with a sore muscle in his left side since taking an awkward swing in San Diego last week.

McCann is expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday for the first time since receiving a second cortisone injection in the shoulder on Saturday.

Despite the muscle issue, Ross was able to produce a memorable moment on Monday, when he hit a hooking two-run double using one of Chipper Jones' 34-inch, 33 1/2-ounce bats -- heavier than the 34-inch, 31-ounce bats he primarily uses.

"With the way my swing feels right now, I can't really rotate my wrist," Ross said. "I can just throw my hands, and that's what I did when I hit that ball. I just threw my hands at that ball and just flushed it."

After reaching second base, Ross rested his hands on his knees for a few seconds and appeared to be in pain, but he remained in the game and was feeling better on Tuesday.

"I'll be all right," he said. "It's getting better every day."

After striking out in the eighth inning, Ross expressed his frustration by breaking his bat over his knee. He felt fortunate that he was not using Jones' bat.

"I wouldn't have a leg if I had done that using his bat," he said.