Ten months after returning too soon from an oblique muscle strain, Braves catcher Brian McCann said he finally figured out what was out of whack with his swing. And yes, he said, it stemmed from his strained side in late July.

"When I came back from that oblique I guess I was guarding everything," he said, explaining how he unintentionally altered his swing to avoid aggravating the injury. "Because I'm going back and looking at all my film [of his swings] now, and I just wasn't getting extended."

After a slump that began in mid-August extended past 80 games and McCann went 7-for-44 (.159) with one homer and a .250 slugging percentage in a 13-game stretch through Monday, he noticed during one of his countless hours of watching video that he wasn't getting his arms fully extended in his swing.

"I felt good enough to be getting hits, but not like how I feel now," said McCann, who feels like back to being himself after going 6-for-14 with three doubles and two home runs in three games before Saturday.