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Brian McCann Has Surgery on Bothersome Right Shoulder

October 16th, 2012 at 9:16 PM
By Cody Fields

After battling through a career-worst season, Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann finally went under the knife in a procedure to repair the frayed labrum in his right shoulder on Tuesday.

Braves.com reports that team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Xavier Duralde performed the surgery to the posterior portion of McCann's shoulder, putting McCann's rehab timetable to throwing and hitting off a tee somewhere in mid February. That indicates that he should be ready for Opening Day in 2013.

Had McCann also needed his labrum repaired toward the front, the rehab process would have taken longer, and he would have missed at least some of the 2013 season.

McCann was originally diagnosed with a shoulder subluxation in August. That MRI also showed a frayed labrum that included a cyst. That injury caused discomfort in his shoulder when swinging the bat, though it didn't bother him while throwing.

July saw McCann hit nine of his 20 homers, which is also when he indicated that his shoulder had been bothering him most of the year. He would proceed to hit .201 with just two home runs over his last 39 games.

The .230 batting average McCann posted was the lowest of his career.

Atlanta holds a $13 million option on McCann for 2013. They have until three days after the end of the World Series to decide whether they will exercise it.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Brian McCann, MLB

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