McCann dealing with blurred vision
Brian McCann isn’t ready to discuss the possibility that he might need to go on the disabled list. But the Braves All-Star catcher is concerned about the blurred vision he’s experienced in his left eye since Opening Day.
After returning from Philadelphia last week, McCann visited an eye doctor who told him that there’s a chance that his vision has changed since he underwent Lasik surgery in Nov. 2007. But while wearing a contact over the last week, the 25-year-old catcher didn’t experience improved vision.
Essentially, McCann’s left eye has been dry and he hasn’t benefitted from the use of eye drops. On Saturday morning, he began using a prescribed ointment.
If this latest treatment doesn’t work, McCann may have to have the vision in his left eye re-adjusted and there’s certainly a chance this would necessitate him to miss at least one week and possibly experience a stint on the 15-day disabled list.
McCann began this season with six hits, including two homers and three doubles in his first 15 at-bats. But he recorded just one single in the 17 at-bats that followed.
While experiencing better vision during the day, McCann entered Saturday’s game hitting .167 (4-for-24) in night games and .375 (3-for-8) in day games.
Boyer DFA’d: Blaine Boyer didn’t seem too surprised when he walked in the clubhouse on Saturday morning and was told that the Braves had designated him for assignment. To make room for Jo-Jo Reyes, Boyer had established himself as the obvious roster casualty.
While making 51 appearances before last year’s All-Star break, Boyer posted a 3.93 ERA and saw opponents hit .237 with a .301 on-base percentage. In the 28 appearances that have followed, he’s posted a 13.06 ERA, seen opponents hit .330 with a .402 on-base percentage.
The Braves saw the tremendous physical skills that will likely lead another club to claim Boyer off the waiver wire. But as time progressed, they became convinced that his mental shortcomings were going to prevent him living up to his potential in their organization.
Chipper and Escobar updates: Chipper Jones is still aiming to return to the lineup on Sunday and there’s a chance that he could be joined by Yunel Escobar, who has missed the past two games with a strained abdominal muscle.
Escobar was able to perform just one situp on Friday. But by Saturday morning, the 26-year-old shortstop’s strength had improved to the point that the Braves gained the belief that he’d be available for Sunday’s series finale against the Pirates.