ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves are confident Brian McCann will be ready for the playoffs even though the catcher is not expected to start any of the team's final three regular-season games.
McCann left Thursday night's game against the Phillies with an adductor strain. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Friday the team's medical staff believes "we dodged a bullet" because the injury is not believed to be serious.
Evan Gattis is the starting catcher Friday night against the Phillies.
Gonzalez said the plan for the postseason is for McCann to catch while Gattis plays left field. McCann could have a full week to recover before the team's first NL division series game on Thursday in Atlanta.
"I don't know if we can get him in a game before Thursday, but that's OK," Gonzalez said. "I don't think he's going to forget how to hit and catch in seven days.
"That's a nice thing, too, where he can have seven days of treatment and seven days of settling it down. Maybe we pinch-hit him on Sunday just to get him an at-bat."
The Braves also are hoping outfielder Reed Johnson and right-handed reliever Jordan Walden are healthy for the playoffs.