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Tigers' James McCann undergoing MRI on right ankle after in-game collision


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DETROIT -- James McCann left Monday's game with a right ankle sprain, after colliding with Pirates first baseman John Jaso in the fifth inning. McCann was able to stand and walk off the field under his own power, but his day was done. Jarrod Saltalamacchia replaced McCann in the lineup, batting seventh.

"Well there's some concern," Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said after the game. "We're still awaiting results on the MRI. The X-rays came back good, but we're still waiting on the MRI and there is some concern that it could be an issue."

In the process of trying to beat a throw to first on a grounder in the fifth inning, McCann and Jaso ran into each other. Hard. McCann immediately doubled over in pain, as  and head athletic trainer Kevin Rand rushed out to check on him.

If a roster decision needs to be made that will be discussed with general manager Al Avila beforehand.

"I don't think we're overly concerned that it's something long-term," Ausmus said. "But there's a reasonable chance that it could be a sprain of some grade."

If severe enough, it opens up the possibility to a stint on the disabled list, however, that result hasn't yet been determined as the Tigers are waiting until they get the MRI results back first. Initially, Ausmus was concerned that McCann had hit his head judging by the way he crumbled to the ground until McCann confirmed it was the ankle.

The Tigers' 40-man roster currently stands at 39, leaving open the possibility of adding another player if McCann is lost for an extended amount of time. The only catchers currently on Detroit's 40-man roster are McCann and Saltalamacchia.