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Last week in his rehab stint with the Gwinnett Braves, I sat down with Brian McCann to talk about his progress, what’s it like playing in his hometown and his feelings about returning to the Major Leagues.
JD- What’s it Like Playing in Gwinnett?
“It’s amazing. I went to High School at Duluth and I saw some familiar faces in the stands that I went to high school with. This is where I grew up and I’m excited to be here.”
Jd- Do you see people that you haven’t seen since high school up in the stands during games?
“That’s the beauty of being able to play in Atlanta. I’ve been very lucky. I grew up in Gwinnett County and to go and play for the Atlanta Braves, I get to have friends and family come to a game almost every night.”
JD- How are you feeling right now, physically?
“I feel great. Coming back from shoulder surgery I couldn’t be in a better spot right now. So I’m excited to join the big league team again and start playing.”
Jd- Describe the Rehab process?
“It’s the first surgery I ever had, so it took patience and a lot of hard work. I did both of those and the work has paid off. I feel extremely good.”
Jd- Have you had to time to sit down, and think maybe you were pushing this? Or rushing your return to the diamond?
“Not at all, I wasn’t going to come back unless I felt like I can help the team win and be myself out there. I’m throwing the ball great and just as good as before the surgery. This is the best I felt in a long time.”
Jd- Last season you played through the injury, Any regrets?
“No, the position the team was in didn’t allow me to. We had a chance to win a World Series and I wanted to be a part of that. If we didn’t have a chance to make the playoffs I would have definitely had the surgery earlier, but where we were at in the standings and how good our team was, I just wanted to be a part of that. “
Jd- Did you know of the severity of your injury prior to?
“I knew I was probably going to need to get surgery. It was a just a matter of of the significance of the injury and it turned out to be a pretty decent size tear.”
JD- What will it be like when you join your team?
“I won’t know until I get there (about first game). I know I’m excited to get back and playing with my teammates. I haven’t thought about what kind of emotions I will have when I step back onto the field. But, like I said I’m really excited to get back with the team.”
The G-Braves are on ten game losing streak, tonight they hope to snap it as they send Sean Gilmartin (2-1, 2.70 ERA) to the bump against Terry Doyle of the Pawtucket Red Sox. Game time is 6:05 PM at Coolray Field.
The Gwinnett Braves returned to Coolray Field, but couldn’t get back on track, dropping their fifth straight game.
The Braves outhit the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 7-to-5, but could not come up with the timely hits, going 1-for-3 with runners in scoring position. Brian McCann, in his first rehab start with the Gwinnett Braves, punched the only run in with an RBI single in the eighth inning. After a two-out double by Todd Cunningham, McCann delivered with his first hit of the night.
In six rehab games, through Single-A Rome and Triple-A Gwinnett, he is hitting .333 with three homers and eight RBI. The six-time All-Star is not worried about his hitting, but looking to regain full strength in surgically repaired shoulder.
“The last thing I’m worried about is my hitting,” said McCann to Barrett Sallee in his post-game interview for MLB.com. “I feel great swinging the bat. I’m ready to go.”
His bat is not the only thing MLB ready, as he called a great game for the first six innings of the night. Entering the seventh inning, starter Sean Gilmartin was tossing a no-hitter. However, the left-hander surrendered a leadoff single to Melky Mesa and everything went south from there. He would be tagged for three runs in 6.2 innings of ball, suffering the loss.
Joey Terdoslavich had another big night, going 3-for4 and raising his average to the .333 mark. He leads the team in hitting, hits (37), doubles (13) and total bases (64).
The Braves will turn the page from last night’s loss, sending Yohan Flande (1-1, 4.43 ERA) to the mound tonight. The southpaw has been solid as a starter, posting a 1-1 record with a 3.14 ERA in 2013. He will face Graham Stoneburner (1-1, 3.00 ERA). The right-hander is 14th round draft pick out of Clemson University. He features a fastball, change up and a slider. In 2011, Baseball America ranked him the No. 17 prospect in the Yankees organization.
Tonight’s game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
The Gwinnett Braves Front Office is taking a much needed breather from their 145-game Triple-A regular season schedule on Thursday, as we visit our parent club at Turner Field this afternoon. I am writing this article live during the Atlanta Braves (15-10) and Philadelphia Phillies (12-13) game from the Turner Field Press Box directly above home plate. The press level is magnificent and is at least 10 times the size of our press box in Gwinnett. This will be an easy adjustment for me to make.
Former G-Braves standout righty Randall Delgado (2-2, 6.30) will be matching up with the Phillies right-hander Joe Blanton (2-3, 3.81) for a 12:10 p.m. first pitch from Turner Field. Other current Atlanta Braves in today’s starting line-up that have donned a Gwinnett Braves uniform are Freddie Freeman, Brian McCann, Martin Prado, Jason Heyward and Tyler Pastornicky…just to name a few.
Regardless, all is well in Braves country. The Atlanta Braves are right in the thick of the National League East Division, as they trail the Washington Nationals by just half a game for first place. With all the hype surrounding the phenom Bryce Harper, it surprises me that there are still four other teams in the NL East besides Harper and his Nats. Needless to say, both the Braves and Nats had improbable wins Wednesday night…
Atlanta found themselves down 6-0 Wednesday night to Roy Halladay who had never lost a game when leading by six runs or more. Also, Halladay hadn’t allowed a grand slam since the previous decade (1999), which really set the stage for some Braves heroics. Following a Brian McCann grand slam that tied the game, 6-6, the Braves found themselves down four runs, 12-8, just an inning later.
Atlanta stole the show and Chipper Jones broke the collective back of the Phillies with not one, but two dramatic walk-off shots in the 12th inning. Jones’ first blast down the right field line was called just foul as the fans of Atlanta were primed to erupt….Nevertheless, two pitches later the living legend sent a no-doubter into the right centerfield stands for a walk-off winner, 13-12, as the Braves grabbed their first win over the Phillies in their last nine tries.
The G-Braves have also been cruising as of late with their league-best record. Gwinnett took one of two games from the back-to-back defending National Champion Columbus Clippers in a Wednesday double-dip. Currently, the G-Braves own the best record (18-8) in the International League and have the No. 1 ranked pitching in the IL this season. Stefan Gartrell has picked up after his 2011 pace, jacking two bombs this week and raising his batting average from .165 to .205 in a matter of days.
The G-Braves return home, alongside the rest of our Front Office staff, on Saturday for the first of 11 games in 10 days from Coolray Field. Gwinnett will be playing host to Charlotte (2 games), Buffalo (4 games) and Toledo (5 games) during the upcoming home stand. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.
By: Tony Piraro