He had surgery Oct. 16 to repair a torn labrum in back of his throwing shoulder, and ligaments were secured back to the socket to stabilize the joint. McCann had been plagued by subluxations (partial dislocations) in the shoulder on some swings, feeling sharp pain when he extended on some swings or when he tried to stop a swing after guessing wrong on a pitch.
A five-time former Silver Slugger Award winner, McCann McCann had career-lows in most categories in 2012, including a .230 average with 67 RBIs, a .300 OBP and .399 slugging percentage, albeit with 20 homers.
He entered last season with a .286 career average, .358 OBP and and .486 slugging percentage, along with 87 or more RBIs in four of six seasons.
“The middle of July is when it started getting to the point where I was starting to feel it a lot more than I had in May and June,” he said. “It just kept getting worse. You can play through injury, you can play through pain, but it just got to the point where it was affecting the way I would attack a baseball. Balls that you’re normally hitting on a line drive, you’re fouling off, and balls that you would square up, you’re rolling over. It just kept getting worse.”