The Atlanta Braves have placed catcher Brian McCann (eye) on the 15-day disabled list due to an infected left eye. The move is retroactive to Thursday, April 23, and he is eligible to be activated Friday, May 8, against the Philadelphia Phillies.
McCann, who is batting .195 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 13 games, has been bothered by blurred vision in his left eye for several weeks. Multiple contact lenses, eye drops and an antibiotic ointment were all unsuccessful in treating the problem.
He hopes he can regain his optimal vision by undergoing the same Lasik surgical procedure, performed by Dr. Alan Kozarsky, that he underwent following the 2007 season. McCann is scheduled to visit Kozarsky Monday, April 27. However, if an infection is actually the source of the problem, it seems unlikely that vision correction alone would solve it.
Regardless, fantasy owners should tuck McCann away and search for a replacement immediately. It's unlikely that one will find one catcher to replace McCann, so cycling catchers is a probable scenario, at least in two-catcher setups.
Clint Sammons has been recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to take McCann's place on the 25-man roster, but he has no fantasy value. David Ross will likely handle most of the Braves' catching duties while McCann is unavailable. Ross is a career .224 hitter with plenty of pop - one homer every 18.6 at-bats lifetime - for a backstop. His value is limited to NL formats unless he goes on a homer binge, in which case he might warrant deep mixed attention.
About Jared Byrd
Byrd has served as a Hot Off the Wire Analyst with KFFL since 2003,
covering both the NFL and MLB. A recent graduate of the University of
Pennsylvania, he has played fantasy football since 1997, and fantasy
baseball, basketball, and hockey since 2001.
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