McCann remains out with knee discomfort

McCann remains out with knee discomfort
MIAMI -- Catcher Brian McCann remained out of the Braves' lineup Monday due to discomfort in his right knee.

McCann is dealing with tendinitis in his right hamstring that is affecting him where the hamstring connects to the knee. The injury first popped up last week in Milwaukee, and McCann played through the pain at first, but it eventually forced him out of Saturday's game against the Nationals.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said McCann was available to pinch-hit Sunday, and that the catcher was "doing OK" on Monday and was once again available to pinch-hit.

"It doesn't hurt him to hit," Gonzalez said. "He took some BP, took some soft toss in the cage [Sunday], he felt great. It's when he moves in with his right leg, when it moves in, that's when he feels it. He could play first, he could play third, he could play both corners of the outfield. That's what he told me. I said, 'I guess we'll use you as a pinch-hitter.'"

While McCann was out of the lineup for the series opener against the Marlins, Gonzalez remained hopeful the backstop would be available to play Tuesday.