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Braves' McCann could be activated Monday

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Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann is set to come off the disabled list after a final rehab game in the minor leagues on Sunday.

McCann is expected to join the Braves on Monday in Cincinnati for their game against the Reds, according to multiple reports.

The six-time All-Star catcher had surgery in October on a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He was to finish a rehab stint with Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday and, barring a setback, fly to Cincinnati with the Braves lafter Atlanta's game against the New York Mets.

Entering Sunday's game with Gwinnett, McCann was hitting .364 with four homers in six games with Class A Rome and Gwinnett.

McCann said this week that his arm feels fine. He passed a test when he caught back-to-back games in the minors on Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, he went 2 for 4 for Gwinnett with a home run.

During McCann's absence, Evan Gattis has filled in admirably, winning National League Rookie of the Month in April. Gattis is hitting .250 with seven homers and 17 RBIs.

When McCann returns, Gattis is expected to be the backup behind the plate and also see playing time at first base and in the outfield.
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