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Brian McCann hasn’t been his usual self since coming off DL

Brian McCann

Atlanta Braves’ Brian McCann walks to the dugout after striking out against Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Bill Bray in the seventh inning of a baseball game on Saturday, July 23, 2011, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati won 11-2. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

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His overall numbers look as strong as always, but Braves catcher Brian McCann has struggled mightily since returning from the disabled list in mid-August.

McCann was hitting .303 with an .879 OPS when he was placed on the DL with an oblique strain, but as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution notes he’s hitting just .167 with 26 strikeouts in 30 games since coming off the shelf.

He’s just 18-for-108 during that time, although six of those hits have been homers and McCann has also drawn 18 walks. However, producing a .632 OPS for five weeks can certainly be tossed into the growing pile of Braves worries as they cling to a 2.5-game lead in the Wild Card race.