Brian McCann suffered through what was easily the worst season of his career, much of it due to a shoulder injury. With the offseason now officially under way for the Atlanta Braves, McCann said he will probably require surgery that could sideline him for four to five months.
"We already basically know what is going to happen, what needs to happen," McCann said. "I think it's going to be [a matter of] how long I'm out for. Could be a couple of months, it could be a little more than that. Could be four or five months. We'll see what happens. We'll find out. I can't really say right now, but I'm pretty sure surgery."
A Braves medical specialist diagnosed McCann with a frayed labrum and cyst in his right shoulder during the season. Now that the season's over, McCann will have a dye-contrast MRI to determine the best course of action to repair the damage in his shoulder.
Braves general manager Frank Wren is optimistic that McCann won't need surgery.
"I think we first have to determine if surgery is necessary – that hasn't been determined yet," Wren said. "I think there will be some testing to determine if surgery is necessary. From what we know, it would not be a surgical repair. But during the season we can't do the MRI with injection because you're down too long. So once he has the MRI and we know totally and get the medical report – but from what we know now, the prescribed treatment is rest."
McCann hit .230 with 20 home runs, 67 RBIs, and a .300 on-base percentage, including .201 with two homers, 11 RBIs, and 29 strikeouts in his final 39 games when the injury was at its worst.
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