Anderson off DL; McCann to start rehab

Updated: May 5, 2009, 6:45 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves had one bat return to the middle of their lineup on Tuesday night, and they hope another will follow later in the week.

Left fielder Garret Anderson came off the disabled list as the cleanup hitter in Tuesday night's game against the New York Mets. Anderson had been out with a strained left quadriceps since April 20.

Catcher Brian McCann, who began the season as the team's cleanup hitter, plans to begin a two-game minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday. McCann, placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 25 with vision problems, is testing new glasses and is eligible to be activated on Friday.

McCann was still awaiting the arrival of new sports glasses he plans to wear in games, but he wore regular prescription glasses on Tuesday as he tested a hockey-style helmet. He also wore glasses while taking batting practice.

McCann switched to the glasses when he had difficulty with contact lenses. He has said laser surgery would be the next option if he can't play while wearing glasses, but he hopes to avoid the procedure until after the season.

When asked if he has any concerns about being able to catch and hit with the new glasses, McCann said "No, I think I'm good. ... It's just getting them and moving on."

Braves third baseman Chipper Jones said he is looking forward to having Anderson and McCann return to a lineup which at times has included first baseman Casey Kotchman as the cleanup hitter. Kotchman entered Tuesday night's game hitting .287 with no homers and only four RBIs.

"We need all the help we can get offensively," Jones said. "We've been struggling to produce runs. Garret is as good as anybody. All you have to do is look at his track record."

Outfielder Brandon Jones was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Meanwhile, Braves left-hander Tom Glavine said he felt "nothing abnormal so far" in his left shoulder on Tuesday after throwing off the bullpen mound on Monday. It was his first time throwing off a mound since inflammation was found in his left rotator cuff last month.

"It feels fine," Glavine said. "It feels like I pitched."

Glavine plans to throw from a mound again on Friday with hopes of pitching in games in June.


Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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