By DAVID O'BRIEN
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 05/27/06
Chicago — Brian McCann limped off the field Friday, pounded his fist into a pad over the dugout, and shouted an expletive before heading to the training room.
And likely to the disabled list.
It was an unexpected and unfortunate development for the Braves, the scene Friday morning when McCann tested his sprained left ankle and everyone watching quickly realized he wasn't ready to play.
Manager Bobby Cox said the Braves would wait to see how McCann felt Saturday, but that it was likely he'd go on the 15-day disabled list.
The Braves need to open a roster spot for pitcher Horacio Ramirez, who's scheduled to start Saturday. Backup catcher Brayan Pena would've been sent back to Class AAA Richmond today to open the roster spot if McCann were healthy.
"That hurts," said Cox, who only a few minutes earlier told McCann he planned to use him to pinch-hit Saturday and start in Sunday's finale against the Cubs.
That plan crumbled when McCann pulled up in pain while doing a running-and-cutting drill in the outfield before the series opener. He can run in a straight line without pain, but cutting caused sharp pain and a reality check.
"He can run straight ahead as hard as he can with zero problems," head trainer Jeff Porter said, "but he just found out he can't cut.
"If he can't do that by now, coming on a week [since the injury], it's probably going to take two more weeks. But it's still a guessing game."
"Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork." - Willie Stargell on Sandy Koufax