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Knee sprain sends Brian McCann to injured list

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 05: Brian McCann #16 of the Atlanta Braves looks on during the interleague game against the Minnesota Twins on August 5, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Braves 5-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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The Braves announced on Wednesday that catcher Brian McCann has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a sprained left knee. Catcher Alex Jackson has been recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.

McCann, 35, exited Tuesday night’s game against the Marlins after three innings due to knee discomfort. It’s not clear if any one particular event sparked the discomfort, but knee issues have slowed McCann in recent years. He underwent arthroscopic right knee surgery last year.

Across 274 plate appearances this season, McCann has hit a respectable .264/.336/.423 with 10 home runs and 39 RBI, splitting catching duties behind the plate with Tyler Flowers.

Jackson, 23, is the Braves’ No. 25 prospect according to MLB Pipeline. He debuted and had a brief cup of coffee in early April, going hitless in 11 plate appearances. Jackson’s performance for Gwinnett has been much better, batting .224/.311/.510 with 25 home runs and 57 RBI over 328 PA.

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