Best options to replace Brian McCann 

July, 27, 2011
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Somewhat lost in the unsatisfying way the Atlanta Braves-Pittsburgh Pirates game ended early Wednesday morning was the fact the best catcher in baseball -- certainly he's No. 1 in fantasy by a healthy margin this season -- was forced to leave early with a strained left oblique. Brian McCann is pretty good, folks; he leads all catcher-eligible players in home runs and is second in RBIs and batting average to Victor Martinez!

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Russell Lansford/Icon SMIThe injury to Brian McCann is a big blow to Braves fans and his fantasy owners.
I'm no doctor, but a strained oblique is obviously a big deal for anyone attempting to hit a baseball, and it's a hindrance to playing catcher as well, but the Braves believe this is a short-term injury, one that shouldn't cost McCann more than three weeks of playing time. Of course, there's always a chance the problem lingers. For fantasy owners in standard roto leagues, the pending DL stint isn't good news, but McCann shouldn't be cut, either. You can live for three weeks with a free-agent addition, and at this position, there actually are options.