McCann encouraged after taking BP

Brian McCann was happy about the way his surgically-repaired right shoulder felt when he took batting practice for the first time this year on Thursday morning at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex.

“It was nice to get back in there and see something coming at you,” McCann said. “I’m on pace.  Everything they have asked me to do I’ve done.”

McCann will complete his rehab exercises and return the field on Saturday to take batting practice and build his arm strength.  The six-time All-Star catcher threw from a distance of 120 feet on Thursday without any problem.

The Braves will have McCann take batting practice and throw on an every other day basis for at least another week.  They will continue to bring him along slowly as he recovers from the surgical procedure that was performed in October.

McCann remains confident that he will be ready to return to Atlanta’s lineup at some point in the middle of April.  His timetable will become clearer as he continues to test his shoulder over the next few weeks.

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