ST. PETERSBURG -- Yankees catcher Brian McCann was activated from the seven-day concussion disabled list on Sunday, starting behind the plate for the team's series finale against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
McCann sustained the concussion when he was hit in the mask by a foul tip in an Aug. 8 game against the Indians in New York. McCann went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the Yankees' 4-2 victory, and manager Joe Girardi said that it was nice to have McCann's bat back in the lineup.
"It makes it deeper, and obviously it's a guy that has power," Girardi said. "It's really good to be able to put him back there because any time someone goes through something like he went through, we're always concerned. But he feels good and he's back in there."
Catcher Austin Romine was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to create room for McCann, who has batted .235 with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs in 104 games this season.
"After the first couple innings, I felt it get in game speed," McCann said. "The first couple innings were a little fast on me, but then settled down, and it was just like another game."
McCann said that this was the second concussion of his career; he also sustained one with the Braves in 2008 when he was run over at home plate by Shane Victorino, then with the Phillies.