Braves general manager Frank Wren is hopeful that Brian McCann (shoulder) will only miss the first couple of weeks of next season.
The Braves on Tuesday officially picked up McCann's $12 million club option for 2013 even though the catcher just had surgery on his right shoulder two weeks ago. "We'll know more in spring training," Wren said. "We're still probably looking at early April before doctors will turn him loose." The Braves ideally would like to bring back David Ross as protection for McCann, though Ross could have a shot at a starting job elsewhere.