Brian McCann on track to return next week

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Brian Michael McCann was born Feb. 20, 1984 in Athens, Georgia. McCann's dad was an assistant baseball coach at the University of Georgia when McCann was born. McCann was drafted by the Braves in the second round of the 2002 draft out of Duluth (Ga.) High School. McCann made his MLB debut June 6, 2005, a member of the "Baby Braves" of that season. As a rookie, McCann helped the Braves win the final of their 14 consecutive division titles, an MLB record. In his first postseason plate appearance, McCann hit

Braves catcher Brian McCann, sidelined by a right hamstring strain, is progressing and remains likely to rejoin the club later this homestand.

McCann has been active and walking around well. He caught a couple of bullpen sessions Friday, and the team is encouraged that he’ll return Tuesday, his first day eligible to come off the injured list. The Braves are off Monday and open a three-game series with Arizona the following day.

The Braves aren’t yet sure if McCann will go on a rehab assignment before returning.

“We haven’t gotten that far yet,” manager Brian Snitker said. “He’s going to catch a bullpen or two (Friday). Just the treatment and everything they’re doing. He’s feeling good. Everything is pointed in a good direction.”

McCann, 35, has slashed .286/.421/.286 in five games. He rejoined the Braves this winter after spending 2005-13 with the franchise, earning seven All-Star nods.