Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann (16) is shown against the New York Mets in a baseball game Sunday, July 15, 2012 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
LAWRENCEVILLE -- In Brian McCann's rehab tour of minor league baseball his stint with Gwinnett started a few minutes late.
The Duluth graduate, after playing four games with Class A Rome, arrived at Coolray Field planning on a typical 7 p.m. start. The atypical G-Braves start weekday games at 6 p.m.
"They said a night game so I figured 7 p.m," McCann said. "I got here a little bit late. We didn't have BP on the field so it was good, I didn't miss anything."
McCann, rehabbing from right shoulder surgery in the offseason, played eight innings in the G-Braves 4-1 loss, going 1-for-4 with an RBI while catching. Like his arrival, his impact came later in the game. After going 0-for-3 in his first three at-bats, McCann singled up the middle off of lefty Josh Spence to score Todd Cunningham. He ended the previous inning home taking a throw from left fielder Corey Wimberly on a sacrifice fly attempt, catching the ball on the right side of the plate and making a swiping tag of the runner at home. Another good sign.
"The last thing I am worried about is my hitting," McCann said. "I feel great swinging the bat. The ball is coming out. I am ready to go."
Ready or not, McCann will spend the next three games with the G-Braves. He'll DH tonight's game, catch Saturday and DH again on Sunday. Thursday was his second straight night behind the plate after catching eight innings with Class A Rome on Wednesday.
"I am going to use these next three games to get behind the plate, get my receiving a little better and I'll be ready to go," he said. "I would say, whenever, the only thing I am concerned about is my throwing and it's there."
After Sunday, the Atlanta Braves head to Cincinnati and, barring anything unplanned, so will McCann.
"I'll be in Cincinnati on Monday," he said.