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Braves' McCann expects to be ready for opening day

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Mark Bowman Writer

ATLANTA ( -- As the early days of the new year have elapsed, Brian McCann has replaced a fear of uncertainty with a confident sense that his surgically repaired right shoulder will be strong and healthy enough for him to be ready at the start of the most important year of his career.

"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," McCann said.

When Braves orthopedic surgeon Dr. Xavier Duralde performed the surgery Oct. 16, he inserted anchors into the posterior portion of McCann's shoulder. Duralde also repaired a labrum tear that was more significant than expected.

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