Braves Disable Brian McCann, Likely To Disable Jordan Schafer

It was pretty much official last night that the Atlanta Braves were going to place catcher Brian McCann on the disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle. The Gwinnett Braves are reporting that catcher J.C. Boscan has been promoted to the Majors, but that outfielder Wilkin Ramirez has also be recalled to the Majors (barely a day after being sent down when Chipper Jones was activated from the disabled list).

There is no word yet from the Braves, but the best guess is that Jordan Schafer will be placed on the disabled list with a jammed finger he suffered sliding head-first into a base. Schafer was also hit on the wrist by a pitch last night in the umpteenth inning. The combination of those two injuries could be forcing the Braves to disable him. With Schafer's unfortunate history of wrist injuries, let's hope this one is not too serious. There is a possibility that Chipper Jones could go back on the disabled list, but Schafer is the more likely candidate.

The loss of McCann is the big blow, though a quality backup catcher like David Ross should help lessen the impact. With Schafer also hitting the DL, the Braves may have a greater sense of urgency to make a big trade before Sunday's 4pm trade deadline.

UPDATE 4:05pm

Mark Bowman confirms via Twitter that Jordan Schafer has indeed been placed on the DL, and Wilkin Ramirez recalled in his place.

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