On Tuesday afternoon, Braves backstop Brian McCann underwent successful surgery to repair his right shoulder. Prior to his surgery, McCann's MRI revealed a slgith tear in his right labrum, however, when doctors went in to operate, they found the tear was slightly larger than the MRI had shown. Therefore, the timetable for a full recovery is slightly longer than McCann had hoped.
If all goes well during his rehab process, Mac will be able to return to "light baseball activities" in approximately four months. Quick math, that puts him right at the start of Spring Training to be cleared for light activity. McCann could need as much as six months to fully recover, so that puts him in serious jeopardy to be ready by Opening Day.
The 2012 season was one giant disappointment for the six time All-Star, who hit just .230 (a career low) in 121 games. However, despite the struggles and injuries, Mac was still able to hit 20 home runs and drive in 67 runs. His .300 OBP, .399 SLG and .698 OPS were also the worst numbers he's had over his eight years in the Bigs.
With McCann's future in doubt, I believe this makes the decision to resign David Ross that much more important. Christian Bethancourt seems like he could be the future behind the plate, but he's just getting back to baseball action after breaking his hand on August 9th. Stay tuned, as it should be a busy offseason for the Braves Front Office.
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