Going back to work after surgery is a slow and gradual process that many athletes have to go through. Braves catcher Brian McCann is no exception.
Brian McCann (AP Photo: David J. Phillip)
McCann will not be playing a game before April 16, confirmed general manager Frank Wren. This means McCann will be out for six months due to his surgery.
After being out of the game for that long, it’s going to be hard for McCann to get back into the swing of things.
“It’s good to get back, but trying to catch up to where you were was hard and that was what made it so difficult,” said Michele Brossard, a Braves fan, on how hard it was to get back to work after having her surgery.
“It wasn’t easy. It was a gradual process and it wore me out,” said Brossard. The same is going to be said for McCann when he finally returns. He’s going to have to take it easy and he won’t be in the same shape as he was before his surgery.
— Marisa Brossard
Brian McCann (ESPN photo)
In order to be great this year, the Braves not only need their young team to step up, but their veteran, six-time All Star Brian McCann to get healthy.
The catcher had his surgery in October of 2012 and is still rehabbing it. McCann is likely to miss the first couple of weeks of the season.
Before 2012, he was a five-time Silver Slugger Award winner and the best-hitting catcher in the National League. But in 2012, he hit a career low of .230 with a .300 on-base percentage and .399 slugging percentage, far lower than his previous slash line of .286/.358/.486.
McCann is a fan favorite in Atlanta, but a catcher’s career can be a short one because of the strains of sitting behind a plate. If McCann doesn’t step up this season, the Braves could be willing to part ways with the soon to be free agent, since Christian Bethancourt, a top catching prospect, could be ready for the big-leagues.
For this upcoming season, though, the older players, like McCann, are going to make the difference between being a good team and being a great team, since there is only so far the new, young players can take them.
— Marisa Brossard