McCann likely out 2-4 weeks with ankle sprain
The Tigers placed catcher James McCann on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a right ankle sprain, suffered when he tried to avoid a first-base collision in Monday’s game against the Pirates.
“They’re calling it a Grade 2 sprain, which is generally 2-4 weeks,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “But the next 24-48 hours should give us a better idea of how long it could be.”
It’s a seventh player to the disabled list for the Tigers, who opened the season without Cameron Maybin, Daniel Norris, Alex Wilson and Blaine Hardy among others. But considering the incident, they’ll count their blessings.
“It could’ve been a lot worse,” said McCann, who came into the home clubhouse at Comerica Park on crutches Tuesday morning, his right foot in a boot.
McCann was trying to beat out a single on a fifth-inning bouncer to second base. Josh Harrison’s throw led first baseman John Jaso into McCann’s path as he reached toward the line to grab the throw.
McCann was charging as Jaso reached, forcing McCann to try to change his path at the last second. McCann came up on the bag. Replay showed his right foot hit the side of the bag and turn, thus turning the ankle with it.
McCann tumbled to the ground behind the bag as first-base umpire Gabe Morales ruled him out. McCann walked off the field on his own power, followed by head athletic trainer Kevin Rand. Backup Jarrod Saltalamacchia replaced McCann behind the plate for the sixth inning.
Saltalamacchia, signed last December to give the Tigers a veteran backup, will get the bulk of the starts while McCann is out. The Tigers purchased the contract of Bobby Wilson from Triple-A Toledo to fill McCann’s spot and back up Saltalamacchia.
The Tigers acquired Wilson at the end of Spring Training from Texas in a trade for Bryan Holaday, who would’ve been a natural in the role after a solid spring but was out of minor-league options and would not have cleared waivers. The 33-year-old Wilson has played in 249 Major League games over parts of seven seasons, including 56 games last year as a backup with the Rays and Rangers.
As for McCann, he’ll travel with the team on its upcoming road trip to Pittsburgh, Houston and Kansas City. He’ll continue to assemble scouting reports on opposing hitters, a role he took on midway through last season.