McCann limited to pinch-hit duties for time being

McCann limited to pinch-hit duties for time being

ATLANTA -- Brian McCann will be available to pinch-hit, but because he is still dealing with some discomfort on the left side of his right knee, the veteran catcher will be out of the Braves' starting lineup for at least a couple of more days.

McCann returned to Turner Field on Sunday feeling much better than he had when he was forced to exit with what the Braves termed tendinitis in his right hamstring. His area of discomfort is where his hamstring attaches to tendons near the knee.

"It's still hard to move laterally," McCann said. "It'd be hard to block a ball and it'd be hard to move behind the plate."

McCann felt some discomfort while playing in Milwaukee last week. The pain increased to the point that he was forced to exit after the second inning of Saturday's 5-4 win over the Nationals.

With McCann limited to pinch-hit duties over the next couple of days, David Ross will serve as the team's starting catcher. The presence of a third catcher, J.C. Boscan, will allow manager Fredi Gonzalez to use McCann as a pinch-hitter without the fear of having a backup available in the event Ross is forced to exit a game.