Another game, another step closer for catcher Brian McCann as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery.

After four games with Class A Rome, the six-time All-Star continued his rehab assignment with the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves on Thursday, going 1-for-4 with an RBI single against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in a 4-1 loss at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Ga.

McCann's lone hit came in the eighth inning off reliever Josh Spence, who ducked out of the way of the line drive up the middle on a 2-2 count.

"I feel great out there," McCann said. "The last thing I'm worried about is my hitting. I feel great swinging the bat. I'm ready to go."

McCann jumped on RailRiders starter Brett Marshall in the bottom of the first, hitting a sharp liner that short-hopped second baseman David Adams, who started a 6-4-3 double play. McCann flied out softly to center in his second at-bat, in the fourth, and lined out sharply to left in the sixth.

In five rehab starts, McCann is hitting .333 with three home runs and eight RBIs. With a return to the big league club on the horizon, he feels comfortable with his improvement at the plate.

The biggest challenge facing McCann is making sure he has velocity and accuracy in that surgically repaired shoulder.

He wasn't able to show it off much on Thursday, but he did get a chance to make a play at home. In the top of the eighth, left fielder Corey Wimberly caught a liner from Zoilo Almonte and unleashed a fantastic throw to McCann, who reached across the plate to nail Melky Mesa and finish a double play.