Tigers place catcher James McCann on the disabled list

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The Detroit Tigers placed catcher James McCann on the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain today.

McCann suffered the injury in a collision with John Jaso at first base during Monday’s game and will be out for a good while, it seems. Indeed this morning he showed up to the Tigers clubhouse in a boot and on crutches, which does not suggest “15 days out and then right back in). In the meantime, Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be the starter. The Tigers have called up Bobby Wilson to serve as the backup.

McCann hit .264/.297/.387 in 114 games last year, but impressed the club and his teammates with his leadership and receiving abilities. He’s one of those guys whose absence will be talked about as being more significant than his actual production might suggest.