NEW YORK -- When Brian McCann received a cortisone injection in his sore right shoulder late Tuesday night, there was some thought he would be able to return to the Braves' lineup for Friday's series opener against the Mets. But the team's medical staff determined he should wait one additional day to allow the anti-inflammatory medication to run its course.
"Hopefully, this will get him over the hump," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "You just have to give it a couple days for the cortisone to work. He's fine."
McCann has spent the past couple of months experiencing some discomfort whenever he extends too far while swinging a bat. The ailment has not affected him when throwing the baseball.
"I've been feeling it for a while, but it's gotten worse over the past two weeks," McCann said. "I just want to get it to not affect my swing."
McCann hit .296 with nine home runs and a 1.059 OPS while playing 20 games in July. He has recorded three hits in his first 15 at-bats this month.