Fifteen days isn't a lot of time to heal a strained oblique muscle, but the Braves' Brian McCann thinks he could be ready Friday, the first day he's eligible to come off the disabled list.

The All-Star catcher took batting practice before Monday's series opener against Florida at Sun Life Stadium, the first time McCann's done anything more than light hitting since injuring the oblique in his left side on July 26.

"It felt fine; it felt exactly how I thought it would," said McCann, who took controlled swings and hit several drives to the power alleys, but no tape-measure homers. "I didn't try to swing as hard as I could. But I was pleased with how the ball was coming off my bat.

"It's my first time really swinging more than 50 percent, so I didn't want to let it go. I felt really good swinging the bat as far as hitting the sweet spot and hitting line drives."

On Tuesday he plans to do catching drills, including blocking balls and throwing to bases. He was injured making an off-balance throw to second base to try to throw out a base-stealer.

"Yesterday to today was such a good jump," said McCann, who had done light hitting and throwing Sunday in New York. "The throwing motion was the only thing I was worried about, and I'm going to do everything in my power to do that. If I feel like I can play and not hurt myself further, I'm 100 percent going to be [ready].

"Hopefully tomorrow is a big day, man. Because if I can do that, I'll probably head out Wednesday and play somewhere."

McCann said if he is cleared to play minor-league rehab games Wednesday and Thursday, it's possible he could rejoin the Braves on Friday.