ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves have benched catcher Brian McCann for Friday's wild-card playoff game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez made the announcement Thursday before a workout at Turner Field. David Ross will start and bat seventh, the only change in the Braves' regular lineup.
Plagued by injuries, McCann has endured the worst year of his career. He batted just .230 with 20 homers and 67 RBIs.
Gonzalez says he made the move more for defense than offense, believing Ross has a better chance of keeping the Cardinals from attempting to steal. Also, Ross was behind the plate for two of the most dominant performances by starting pitcher Kris Medlen: a 12-strikeout effort against Colorado on Sept. 3 and a career-high 13 Ks vs. Washington on Sept. 14.

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Blue Jays vs. Rockies Pick Being at home, will the Colorado Rockies manage to outscore the Toronto Blue Jays when they meet tonight at...
Thumbnail Scuffling Cubs turn to Arrieta vs. Reds While in no way prepared to send out a distress signal, the Cubs suddenly look quite vulnerable. Can the Reds step in and extend the...
Thumbnail Interleague rivals Kansas City, St. Louis meet Tonight, one of the most highly anticipated interleague matchups of the year finally gets underway in Kansas City. Do the Cardinals have any hope of...
Thumbnail Red Sox vs. Rays Pick Can the Tampa Bay Rays snap an 11-game losing streak today when they host the Boston Red Sox at 7:10PM ET?
Thumbnail Rangers vs. Yankees Free Pick Will the Texas Rangers be able to get the first strike on the New York Yankees when the two meet up tonight at 7:05PM...
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages