The latest on Macay McBride

BravesCenter's Bill Shanks has more on the condition of lefty Macay McBride.

Braves' lefty reliever Macay McBride told BravesCenter Friday night he hopes to throw on the side this weekend and is still holding out hope he might be able to break camp with the big league club next week.

McBride last pitched in a game March 6th against the Tigers. Then three days later in a bullpen session he felt his arm tighten up. The next day blood accumulated in his wrist area and he was shut down. McBride last threw a long toss last Monday.

"I feel good," McBride said. "I don't think I did anything to hurt it. But now my wrist looks normal."

At first there was some concern the situation was similar to that of Mike Hampton, who first had tightness in his forearm before eventually discovering he had to have Tommy John elbow surgery late last summer. But doctors have assured McBride that this is not the same situation.

"I've never missed a single inning in my career," he said. "This is the weirdest thing. It's got symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, but it's not that. But it's got pressure on my nerves in my wrist, and they do not want to throw me out there and compromise my control and velocity."

McBride admitted there's a good chance the team will place him on the Disabled List to start the season. The Braves can backtrack his time off to nine days before the start of the season (tonight), meaning he could return as early as Friday, April 7th when the Braves play in San Francisco.

"There's no question in my mind when we break camp my arm's going to be 100%," McBride said. "It's just a question of whether I've gotten enough work leading up to the season."

If McBride is placed on the Disabled List, he might remain here in Florida to throw additional bullpen sessions. Then the club can make a decision on when to activate him.

With McBride probably out for the start of the regular season, Chuck James will more than likely assume the spot in the bullpen. Mike Remlinger pitched another solid inning Friday and looks like a lock for the other lefty opening.

Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional front office philosophies. Email Bill at

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