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Astros place McCann on DL; Federowicz up

Dealing with knee soreness, catcher to be examined in Houston; Stassi to see more action
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NEW YORK -- Veteran catcher Brian McCann was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right knee soreness Tuesday, and he flew back to Houston to be examined by Astros team doctors. The team purchased the contract of catcher Tim Federowicz from Triple-A Fresno.

Astros manager AJ Hinch said McCann reported some knee soreness late in Monday's game, and the team didn't want to take any chances, considering he's had this issue previously. McCann was on the DL last August with right knee soreness.

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NEW YORK -- Veteran catcher Brian McCann was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right knee soreness Tuesday, and he flew back to Houston to be examined by Astros team doctors. The team purchased the contract of catcher Tim Federowicz from Triple-A Fresno.

Astros manager AJ Hinch said McCann reported some knee soreness late in Monday's game, and the team didn't want to take any chances, considering he's had this issue previously. McCann was on the DL last August with right knee soreness.

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"It just developed over the course of the game," Hinch said. "It's something that he's battled before and something that he's had to deal with, and as we talked to him after the game, we felt like we needed to send him back to Houston to get him evaluated further. We won't know the extent of any sort of issue until he gets to Houston."

McCann, 34, is hitting .219 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 114 at-bats this season. After a good start at the plate, he is in a 1-for-26 slump.

Hinch said Max Stassi will get more playing time in McCann's absence, which was probably going to happen anyway had McCann remained healthy. Stassi entered Tuesday hitting .300 with an .896 OPS, four homers and 14 RBIs, including a .536 batting average against left-handers.

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"He's contributing at a high level, and obviously has swung the bat probably better than we even expected, especially given he's predominantly been a bench player, backup catcher," Hinch said. "It's hard to contribute consistently in that role, so I've been very happy with that.

"His receiving has gotten so much better over the last year or two, and we're seeing that impact pitchers, seeing it impact balls and strikes, and that's a tribute to his work that he's put in. My confidence in him as a catcher behind the plate has grown with him working with our pitchers and working behind the scenes and seeing what we can do. He's very much a part of what's going right right now."

Federowicz was hitting .337 with five homers, 18 RBIs and a .407 on-base percentage at Triple-A. Federowicz was a non-roster invitee to spring camp this year and has played parts of six years with the Dodgers, Cubs and Giants. He's a .196 career hitter in the big leagues.

Odds and ends

Former Astros player and manager Art Howe and Houston businessman Don Sanders of Ryan Sanders Baseball will represent the Astros at the MLB Draft on Monday in New York.

The Draft will take place on June 4-6, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com at 5 p.m. CT on Monday. MLB Network will broadcast the first 43 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while MLB.com will stream all 78 picks on Day 1. MLB.com will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, with a preview show beginning at 11:30 a.m. CT. Then, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on MLB.com on Day 3, beginning at 11 a.m. CT.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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