Atlanta’s six-time All-Star catcher Brian McCann will come off the disabled list today when the Braves open a series in Cincinnati. McCann had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder in October. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said that McCann will be active and with the team today.
Gonzalez said infielder Tyler Pastornicky will be optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett to clear a roster spot for McCann.
McCann completed his rehab assignment with Gwinnett on Sunday.
“That’s huge,” said first baseman Freddie Freeman. “That’s like trading for an All-Star.”
McCann hit .364 with four homers in his first six games with Class A Rome and Gwinnett, but the bigger question has been how his shoulder holds up to his throws to second base. McCann said his arm is ready for competition.
Around the leagues
Roy Halladay has discomfort in his right shoulder and the struggling Philadelphia Phillies pitcher is headed to Los Angeles for tests. … The San Diego Padres placed winless left-hander Clayton Richard on the 15-day disabled list with an intestinal virus and activated right-hander Tyson Ross. … The Colorado Rockies activated first baseman Todd Helton and right-hander Jhoulys Chacin from the 15-day disabled list and optioned infielder Ryan Wheeler and right-hander Tyler Chatwood to Triple-A Colorado Springs. … The Miami Marlins placed outfielder Austin Kearns on the bereavement list and recalled catcher Kyle Skipworth from Triple-A New Orleans. … Boston Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey will have an exam and MRI after not pitching for a week due to biceps soreness.