Brian McCann was projected to miss the first few weeks of the season following shoulder surgery, but he’s more optimistic about it:
“If all goes well, it’s going to be hard for me to sit there and watch the team on Opening Day, if I’m feeling good … Being three months out of surgery, I feel like I’m ahead of schedule. I feel better each day, and I’m very encouraged by the signs that I have received recently. Now that I’ve had the surgery, I can tell a huge difference with my range of motion and flexibility. This is as free as my shoulder has been for a few years.”
His speedy and effective return would eliminate a pretty big headache for the Braves. They signed Gerald Laird, but they lost David Ross, so if McCann is absent or ineffective, the catching corps is quite depleted compared to last season.
It would help him too, of course. He’s entering the final year of his contract. If he returns to form and shows durability, he’s going to get a pretty massive deal for next year, one would assume.
OXON HILL, MD — The folks behind the World Baseball Classic today announced an initial list of 30 players who have confirmed their participation in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. The confirmed players:
- Canada: Russell Martin
- Colombia: Jose Quintana and Julio Teheran
- The Dominican Republic: Adrian Beltre, Dellin Betances, Robinson Canó, Nelson Cruz and Manny Machado
- Mexico: Adrian Gonzalez, Oliver Perez and Roberto Osuna
- Netherlands: Xander Bogaerts, Jonathan Schoop and Andrelton Simmons
- Puerto Rico: Javier Baez, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor and Yadier Molina
- United States: Chris Archer, Nolan Arenado, Adam Jones, Andrew McCutchen, Buster Posey and Max Scherzer
- Venezuela: Jose Altuve, Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Gonzalez, Felix Hernandez and Salvador Perez.
There will be more later — rosters do not have to be firmed up until early February — but that’s a pretty good list for now.
Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that the Mets will try veteran Jose Reyes in the outfield during spring training ahead of the 2017 season. Reyes, who has been in the majors over parts of 14 seasons, hasn’t logged any time in the outfield as a professional baseball player.
Despite Reyes’ involvement in a domestic violence issue last offseason, the Mets acquired him after the Rockies released him in June, following a 51-game suspension. He hit .267/.326/.443 with 25 extra-base hits, 24 RBI, and 45 runs scored in 279 plate appearances, spending most of his time at third base in place of the injured David Wright.
The Mets’ outfield is set with Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto plus one of Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce. Reyes and Juan Lagares would serve as backups.