After hitting a home run and driving in four runs in the team’s 13-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann will be sidelined for a few days with inflammation in his left knee.
Girardi: Brian McCann is available “if I need him.” Left knee MRI showed inflammation. Will try to give him a couple days off.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) August 5, 2015
McCann suffered the injury during last night’s game, as he told reporters that he felt a pull in his knee as he was blocking pitches late in the ball game. He was able to stay in the ball game, as manager Joe Girardi moved him to first base for the final inning.
The 31-year-old underwent an MRI on the injury, and after it revealed the inflammation, it appears as if he will only be sidelined for a few days. Girardi told reporters that McCann is available if needed, but the Yankees would obviously like to refrain from using their everyday backstop until he is fully healthy.
In his second season in pinstripes, McCann has been very impressive. He has appeared in 87 games, posting a slash line of .255/.325/.477, and already has slugged 18 home runs while driving in 65 RBIs.
As the Yankees are hopeful that McCann will only be sidelined a few days, it appears as if the team will not make a roster move to bring up another catcher. John Ryan Murphy, the team’s backup catcher, will slide into the starting role for the time being. So far in 2015, the 24-year-old has posted a slash line of .286/.327/.398 in 41 games.