Tigers fear McCann could be headed to DL

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
James McCann collides with Pirates first baseman Jason Jaso in the fifth inning Monday.

Detroit – James McCann hit the first base bag on the side and rolled his right ankle in the fifth inning Monday. That was an instant before he collided with Pirates first baseman John Jaso.

“It was scary,” outfielder Tyler Collins said. “I think he will be all right. I know James is a tough kid. He’s going to do everything he can meticulously to get back as soon as he can.”

Manager Brad Ausmus fears his starting catcher could be out for a while.

“There is some concern,” he said. “We are awaiting the results of an MRI. The X-rays were good, but there is still concern there could be an issue.”

The Tigers’ initial diagnosis was a right ankle sprain. The MRI will reveal its severity.

“I don’t think we are overly concerned that it’s something long-term,” Ausmus said. “But there is a reasonable chance it could be a sprain of some grade. If it is a sprain, then there is a chance (McCann could be placed on the 15-day disabled list).”

Jarrod Saltalamacchia is the only other catcher on the 25-man roster and on the 40-man roster. The Tigers recently acquired veteran catcher Bobby Wilson from Texas in the Bryan Holaday trade.

The Tigers presently have 39 players on their 40-man roster, so Wilson could be signed and summoned from Toledo.

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