Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann expected to return on Tuesday against Cleveland Indians

Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann expected to return on Tuesday against Cleveland Indians

James McCann (ankle) is scheduled to play two more minor league rehab games at Triple-A Toledo before rejoining the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday.

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James McCann will play two ankle injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Toledo before rejoining the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, according to Chris Iott of MLive

McCann was pulled from a game early in the season, April 12, against the Pittsburgh Pirates as he ran into first baseman John Jaso while trying to record an infield single in the bottom of the fifth inning. After the game, he was diagnosed with a right ankle sprain, the X-rays came back negative and it was reported as a Grade 2 right ankle sprain. 

After resuming baseball activities, running the bases, catching a bullpen session and more, McCann was finally cleared to make a rehab assignment appearance with the Mud Hens. 

McCann has taken 15 at-bats in four games -- one as the designated hitter and three as the catcher -- for Triple-A Toledo. The 26-year-old is slashing .133/.316/.133 with one RBI, four walks, one run scored and four strikeouts. 

The catcher, who was taken in the second round of the 2011 MLB Draft, picked up two hits in 15 at-bats to start the 2016 season, but then hit the disabled list. Across the 2015 season, McCann slashed .264/.297/.387 with seven home runs and 41 RBI in 114 games. 

McCann will play for Triple-A Toledo against Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday at 6:05 PM ET and Sunday at 2:05 PM ET. In the first of the three-game series, the Mud Hens won 9-6 over the Knights in 11 innings. However, McCann went 0-for-4 with a run scored. 

On Tuesday, the Tigers will be battling with the Cleveland Indians. The game will be on the road for the Tigers at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. McCann should jump right back behind the plate and handle a bulk of the work, even through Jarrod Saltalamacchia has been swinging a super hot bat since the injury to McCann. Meanwhile, Bobby Wilson will get sent to Triple-A Toledo. 

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