ATLANTA -- Braves catcher Brian McCann's second half is already off to a great start.
McCann wasn't in the lineup for Friday night's series opener against the Mets. He wasn't even at Turner Field.
Instead, he was by his wife Ashley's side as they prepared for the arrival of their first child. Their son, Colt Michael, was born Friday afternoon.
"He's on paternity leave," said manager Fredi Gonzalez. "They induced her early in the morning. They're just doing the old 'hurry up and wait.' The good thing is that he's here."
Atlanta opened the second half with a weekend series against the Mets, then after an off-day, hosts San Francisco for three. But Ashley's due date was for next weekend, when the club was in Washington. they wouldn't return home until after their game on July 25.
McCann told Gonzalez at Thursday afternoon's workout that he wasn't going to take any chances on being out of town and having to rush back.
"This was planned," Gonzalez said. "During the All-Star Break, the doctor said, 'Let's get it done.' So he came in yesterday all excited. I can't blame him."
McCann is allowed up to three days for paternity leave according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, but Gonzalez, who texted McCann on Friday morning, then "left him alone," said that he was under the impression that if all went well, his catcher would be back for Saturday afternoon's game.
With McCann on the paternity list, David Ross started behind the plate and hit seventh. The Braves called up catcher J.C. Boscan from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill McCann's spot.
Filling in for Simmons, Wilson dislocates finger
ATLANTA -- Jack Wilson has shown he has quite a career in insurance.
Not selling it, being it.
The 34-year-old Wilson was acquired from Seattle as insurance for Alex Gonzalez at last season's Trade Deadline and filled in admirably (a .977 fielding percentage, with one error in 43 chances at short) when Gonzalez suffered an array of injuries in September.
After re-signing with Atlanta in the offseason, the 12-year veteran was again asked to play a key role. This time, it was as the Braves began the second half without rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who is recovering from a broken right pinky, suffered on a head-first slide into second base in the fourth inning of the final game before the All-Star break.
However, in Friday's 7-5 victory over the Mets, Wilson dislocated his right pinky finger as he tried to field a ball hit by Josh Thole in the fourth. Wilson immediately came out of the game and was listed as day to day. Martin Prado moved from left field to shortstop, with Eric Hinske coming off the bench to play left field.
"Worst-case scenario happened today with him dislocating his pinky finger," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "But he's day to day and we got through it and Prado made a couple of nice plays at shortstop. ... We were able to walk it off and get a win with a minimal bench after the freak play on Jack in shallow center field.
"I think he's going to be OK. I'd be real surprised if it was a DL thing. Maybe a day or two and he's back at it again. Now we're going to have to make a couple of moves."
Jon Cooper is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.