Brian McCann and the Braves were encouraged Saturday by how much better McCann's strained ribcage muscle felt on Saturday and hope to have the All-Star catcher back in the lineup as early as Monday.

McCann, who suffered an intercostal strain Friday night on a throw to second base, said he woke up Saturday morning relieved.

"I'm a little sore up under my ribcage, but it's just going to be a matter of dealing with a little soreness, which is a lot better than I thought last night," McCann said. "…I woke up and knew that it would only be a couple-day thing. I don't think I can re-injure it doing anything. It's just a matter of dealing with a little twinge."