Hanson throws today…updates on Schafer, Glavine, Stockman

   Lake Buena Vista, Fla. - So it’s Tommy Hanson day here at the ballyard, otherwise known as Sunday. Or Duke-Carolina day, for some of us, who will appreciate if Hanson works fast for an ole 4 p.m. tipoff. Whaddya say?

 

   But hey, baseball wise, I’ve got plenty of news for you here. Sit tight and let me give you a little rapid fire. And then I’ll pass on some comments Frank Wren gave me yesterday about Hanson.

   Off we go…

   Jordan Schafer took some “dry” swings today and some off the tee and came away with his shoulder feeling OK. He’s got a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder that’s kept him out a week. The last time he tried to take bp, he ended up in a lot of pain.

   This time he’s taking it slow, with 30 swings today. And tomorrow he’ll take some live pitching at Braves camp. (It’s an off day, but Kawakami will get a simulated game in.) If that goes well, Schafer expects to get in a game Tuesday vs. the Astros in Kissimmee. That’s the same day when Rafael Soriano is scheduled to debut.

   Tom Glavine threw his second round of batting practice this morning, building up to a little shy of 10 minutes off the mound. He was still throwing at about 70 percent but was happier with how the ball was coming out. “Firmer” was the word both he and hitter Matt Diaz used. So step by step, Glavine’s arm strength is moving in the right direction.

   He expects to throw a couple more times on the side, or maybe one more round of bp, and then throw a simulated game a week from Monday, meaning March 16.

   Talked to Garret Anderson and he’s not big on giving timetables, but reading between the lines, I’d say it’ll be a couple of weeks on his calf. We’ll see what Bobby Cox has to say about it after the game, but don’t think we’ll be seeing Garret swinging a bat any time soon.

   Phil Stockman said he’s having the same shooting pain down his left leg that he’s battled off an on for two years. They’ve tried to treat it conservatively and Stockman felt good coming in to camp, but then once on the mound, letting it go fullspeed, and he was right back in a good deal of pain. Every time he stands up, he said, he can feel a shooting pain.

   He’s going to have an MRI in the next day or so to find out if it’s something that will require surgery. I guess the question is whether it’s something that can be scoped, maybe an impinged nerve, he said, or if it’s something more serious. He said he was told last year after an MRI that he had two herniated discs in his back but didn’t need surgery. They don’t always immediately cut on those, if you can manage the pain, etc, and you’re young like he is. There are always risks involved in spinal surgery.

   Anyway, he seems pretty relieved that he’s going to at least find out one way or another. Obviously a pretty frustrated bloke and tired of being in pain.

   OK, I asked Frank for his thoughts on Hanson and whether he’ll give the Braves a hard decision.

   “This is exactly what we expected,” Wren said. “He hasn’t made it hard on us. This is what we expected him, based on what we saw last year and saw in the fall, these are good problems to have. Having to put a team together based on good options, not putting a team together by default.

   It sounds to me like they’d like to play it conservatively with Hanson if they can.

   “He’s thrown the ball very well here,” Wren said. “He’s surely not disappointed in what we’ve seen so far, but the facts are he hasn’t pitched in AAA. He hasn’t pitched at the major league level yet. If you have the opportunity and there’s not a need to rush a young player, I think it’s probably always more prudent to be cautious. You want guys to go along at a pace that they maintain their positive movement, as well as a positive attitude, as well as keeping their confidence. I don’t see any of those being an issue for him, but in general, those are some of the guidelines that we try to follow, moving at a pace that allows them to remain confident and keep a positive momentum going.”

   By the way, it’s a good thing I like “the Logical Song.” They play it every day here at Disney, about this time before a game.

   And speaking of, World Champs are here today. We’ll see if the Braves have a little better shot at them in spring than they did last season. Ahem. By the way, this will surely jinx it now, but the Braves are undefeated with me here. 4-0, baby. Just sayin.

   Without further ado, the lineups (and you get both, because it’s the Phillies, Marcus Giles is here, and I’m nice):

 

   PHILLIES

 

Marcus Giles 3B

Jayson Werth CF

Raul Ibanez LF

Ryan Howard 1B

John Mayberry Jr. RF

Jason Donald 2B

Eric Bruntlett SS

Ronny Paulino C

Joe Blanton P

 

 

   BRAVES

Omar Infante CF

Martin Prado 3B

Kelly Johnson 2B

Freddie Freeman 1B

Yunel Escobar SS

Jeff Francoeur RF

Brandon Jones LF

Clint Sammons C

Tommy Hanson P

   

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McFann :Ô:

March 8th, 2009
1:01 pm

McFann :Ô:

March 8th, 2009
1:02 pm

(Thanks for the new Blog, Ms. Rogers!

McFann :Ô:

March 8th, 2009
1:02 pm

:oops: Forgot the other ).

Carroll Rogers

March 8th, 2009
1:07 pm

Sure, McFann.

First pitch by Hanson, 94 mph fastball, roped into left by Giles.

Jeff321

March 8th, 2009
1:08 pm

Thanks for the Stockman update, Carroll Rogers!

Carroll Rogers

March 8th, 2009
1:09 pm

He whips a pretty serious throw to first as well, the young hanson

Rodney Derrick

March 8th, 2009
1:10 pm

Hey Carroll– Are you running in the mornings now and for what marathon are you training. Duke Forest was beautiful this morning (saw several young deer), and obviously most folks here join you in hoping for the best in Chapel Hill this afternoon. Remember though that success in this rivalry in the season and in the ACC Tournament do not necessarily mean that you do better in the NCAA.

Barrett

March 8th, 2009
1:10 pm

I know this has been mentioned before on a previous blog, but where can I see a play by play?

Ms. Rogers, I know you don’t have to do the play-by-play while working so thanks if you do.

Carroll Rogers

March 8th, 2009
1:11 pm

quite a few phillies fans here…threw something offspeed to Ibanez 3-2 and walked him. runners first and second for Ryan Howard. Things starting a little hairy for Hanson

McFann :Ô:

March 8th, 2009
1:13 pm

Ms. Rogers He whips a pretty serious throw to first as well, the young hanson

Oh boy!! Just what need!!

…seriously.

Carroll Rogers

March 8th, 2009
1:13 pm

that last pitch was 96 to mayberry

Carroll Rogers

March 8th, 2009
1:14 pm

and that one was 83, no wonder he swung…and missed. inning over.

N Nine (eta28)

March 8th, 2009
1:15 pm

howard out.2 outs

N Nine (eta28)

March 8th, 2009
1:17 pm

Hanson should be our 6th pitcher

N Nine (eta28)

March 8th, 2009
1:19 pm

Aroid is going with surgery. Out until mid May!!!

Bravely going forward

March 8th, 2009
1:19 pm

jeez, three up three down, what happened?

Robert from South Carolina

March 8th, 2009
1:19 pm

who else is pitching today

Ritchie from Scotland

March 8th, 2009
1:20 pm

looks like his maturity showed there to get out of the inning yeah Carroll? Is he throwing a mixture of pitches yet or do you think he’s trying to work on something specific?

Braveheart

March 8th, 2009
1:20 pm

———- and the media put the entire globe on his shoulders by passing him off as the next Ted Williams or whatever! ——–

CanadianBravesfan, I really think the media, the Braves and Frenchy himself get a raw deal on the way he was marketed. I think the market itself, meaning us as fans, created that marketing craze. The market set the demand there more than the other way around

Braveheart

March 8th, 2009
1:21 pm

Arod smells like detox disguised as surgery

Carroll Rogers

March 8th, 2009
1:22 pm

Rodney, I’ve been running in the mornings and unfortunately just around the neighborhood. I did find a fun wacky place to run….it’s called Give the Children the World, some kind of mini Disney kinda place in the middle of a neighborhood. It’s like running through the middle of a Candy Land game or something, so that’ll have to do until I can get to a place like the Duke Forest! it it cheating running down here tho. Totally flat. Atlanta hills are gonna kill me when I get home……Seattle marathon.

Just hope the Dookies play with the momentum they’ve had the last couple of weeks. Be nice if the Heels forget to play defense like they did in the first half against Duke last time. Otherwise, will be tough!!

Bravely going forward

March 8th, 2009
1:23 pm

i dunno, a “hip cyst” sounds pretty gross…i’s probably get that checked out too

Alex

March 8th, 2009
1:25 pm

DOB. With the “glut” of starters we seem to have (Jo Jo, Morton, Campillo etc) do you see the Braves shopping them for a trade and, if so, a trade for what? (relief, OF etc) thanks dude. keep up the spring grind, glad to have some baseball back.

Braveheart

March 8th, 2009
1:25 pm

——– i dunno, a “hip cyst” sounds pretty gross…i’s probably get that checked out too ——-

If you are naive enough to take Arod’s word for it that he really has a “cyst” I don’t take Arod’s word for nothing.

Carroll Rogers

March 8th, 2009
1:26 pm

ritchie he’s given up some hits on fastballs, a single and a double there to Paulino, allowing his first run. Just getting a reminder that the big boys can hit the heat if they’re ready for it. …

Robert from South Carolina

March 8th, 2009
1:27 pm

Sounds like Hanson is having difficulty locating the fastball

Ritchie from Scotland

March 8th, 2009
1:28 pm

gotta run Marcus Giles…..just switched on mlb radio

Robert from South Carolina

March 8th, 2009
1:28 pm

CARROLL- what is his velocity on the Fastball

Jim

March 8th, 2009
1:31 pm

Was someone on the last blog right about Kotchman limping a bit after his last AB yesterday?
Is this why he’s not starting today?

Carroll Rogers

March 8th, 2009
1:32 pm

Ritchie from Scotland, too bad your accent doesn’t show up on the blog…..rest of the pitchers: Gonzalez, James Parr, Francisley Bueno, Peter Moylan.

Francoeur just shattered his bat hitting into a double play grounder. Think he’s 0-for-last-5.

Ritchie from Scotland

March 8th, 2009
1:32 pm

Robert – the commentators are quoting topping out at 96

Jeff321

March 8th, 2009
1:33 pm

Carroll Rogers – On the ball hit into right field that plated a run — Sutton said the throw to the plate was up the line. Was that from Frenchy or Johnson?

KC

March 8th, 2009
1:35 pm

Frenchy grounds into double-play.

I am starting to get a little concerned about him. Way too early to panic, and the news isn’t all bad. After all, he STILL hasn’t struck out yet, and has 6 or 7 walks (including WBC exhibition games). But if he doesn’t start stinging the ball soon, some people in the Braves dugout are going to start getting nervous, as will I.

Carroll Rogers

March 8th, 2009
1:35 pm

Hanson just struck out Werth on four pitches, only one of which was a fastball. He got him with a curve….

Rodney Derrick

March 8th, 2009
1:35 pm

Carroll, my first two marathons, back in 1979 and three weeks apart, were Portland and Gales Creek (rural thirty miles from Portland). Then in the early 90s NY, Columbus, Marine Corps, and Camp Lejeune. When I ran in Seattle, it was always around Green Lake or area around Pike Place Market and the Sound. Generally pretty flat.

Frank from KS

March 8th, 2009
1:36 pm

Well…Garrett out two weeks is bad…BUT things could be worse…..and contrary to what a lot of other bloggers feel….I’m glad we signed him.

Good news with Glavine. Sounds as if his arm strength is coming around at the right time.

Hi Carroll

If I missed it, I apoligize…..but is Jimy Williams back in Bobby’s coaching staff? I haven’t read anywhere where he’s back in the Braves organization.

braves fan 16

March 8th, 2009
1:36 pm

Does anyone know what time the USA plays today.

Carroll Rogers

March 8th, 2009
1:37 pm

Jeff321 if i remember right it was the cutoff man, johnson, but not 100 percent sure.

cabravesfan

March 8th, 2009
1:37 pm

Braves fan 16-

team USA plays at 5:00 on ESPN

BravesFanInRockies

March 8th, 2009
1:38 pm

Braveheart

A-Rod’s problem/curse is that the cyst could have been caused if not worsened by his roid use. Cysts like that are indicators of early-onset osteoarthritis. And while steroids like cortisone are often used to reduce the inflammation and pain of major flareups of arthritis, overuse of steroids, especially over long periods, can cause bones to weaken and deterioriate.

So if A-Roid continued juicing after he left Texas, his body could be breaking down decades ahead of its time.

Ritchie from Scotland

March 8th, 2009
1:38 pm

haha thanks Carroll and I live in Glasgow aswell so that accent can be pretty thick at times..

Braveheart

March 8th, 2009
1:38 pm

Here’s Arod “cyst” issue the way I see it:

1. He doesn’t have a cyst issue. He really has a detox issue. The cyst surgery covers the real detox story. It’s like Giambi’s lost gland/detox year after he testified to the BALCO grand jury. The Yankees and Giambi covered the real detox issue with the “gland” issue. If Arod is never the same again, he has given himself an excuse that is a tragic tale of immortal greatness lost in a flash to the frailty of the human body a la Albert Belle or Bo Jackson. So, to me, the cyst is just a cover for detoxing this year and an excuse for the next 9 years of not fulfulling his contract.

2. And if he really has a cyst, that may be a tragic result of him and his cousin “being young” and “not knowing what they were doing” when they were injecting him in the buttocks area

Either way, Arod is a lying loser

cabravesfan

March 8th, 2009
1:38 pm

DAMN that’s the second time I’ve done that- 5:00 Pacific time

Robert from South Carolina

March 8th, 2009
1:38 pm

Hanson has a nasty curve it sounds like

Carroll Rogers

March 8th, 2009
1:38 pm

Hanson just came back from 3-0 down to strike out ryan howard with his curveball…..nice

Jeff321

March 8th, 2009
1:38 pm

8:00 PM United States @ Venezuela

cabravesfan

March 8th, 2009
1:39 pm

y’all Alex Rodriguez is not having surgery to remove a cyst…he has a torn labrum in his hip (the cyst is a secondary issue)

BravesFanInRockies

March 8th, 2009
1:41 pm

So Braveheart, I don’t question whether A-Rod has a cyst. I have no doubt he does, and even if he can be patched together again this season, he’s sure not going to be an effective major league player for the duration of his nine-year contract. He may have required hip replacement surgery, or be in a wheelchair by then.

Robert from South Carolina

March 8th, 2009
1:41 pm

BRando Jones is having a great spring. He is showing me why the Braves are high on him.

Jeff321

March 8th, 2009
1:42 pm

Anyone know what Hanson’s record is for strikeouts in minor league games?

Rodney Derrick

March 8th, 2009
1:43 pm

Would Braves be better with Brandon Jones and Matt Diaz in a platoon in left instead of Garrett Anderson playing the bulk of the games?

C's

March 8th, 2009
1:44 pm

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BravesFanInRockies

March 8th, 2009
1:45 pm

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Jay212033

March 8th, 2009
1:45 pm

What’s the score?

Robert from South Carolina

March 8th, 2009
1:47 pm

Carroll Rogers

March 8th, 2009
1:48 pm

1-0 phillies through three innings.

PTBNL

March 8th, 2009
1:49 pm

Braveheart, there could be other possibilities. Of course, he really could have a cyst that has come up “naturally”. I tend to agree with you that it is not, but it is a possibility. Though you may be correct in terms of “detox”, the timing seems very convenient to me both for him and the Yankees to sweep things under the carpet for a while. Time is on their side. It is easy to see that a way that may be most effective in dealing with the PED issue is to hide away for a while. Clemens seems to be doing that now, too. He sure got quiet after being so very vocal about his innocence. A-rod will probably get by with a slap on the hand (essentially).

DiamondbackMac

March 8th, 2009
1:49 pm

Jeff321 I believe it was 14 strikeouts last year in AA.

Robert from South Carolina

March 8th, 2009
1:51 pm

he is on fire

Mekons

March 8th, 2009
1:52 pm

ARod has a torn labrum in his hip. It’s a degenerative disease and it’s unlikely that he will ever complete his contract. They might be able to keep him productive for a couple of years, but no chance of a decade. Remember Bo Jackson? His injury was more severe, but same basic problem, from what I can see.

The Yanks must be kicking themselves over caving to Boras and rewriting ARod’s contract.

Ritchie from Scotland

March 8th, 2009
1:52 pm

another strikeout for Tommy. Struck out 3 of the last 4 batters, sounds like his off speed stuff is basically unhittable…

Bravely going forward

March 8th, 2009
1:55 pm

Carroll: In you opinion, why is Hanson getting hit today? Is he missing it with his fastball, or is he getting hit off leaving his curve up in the zone?

Robert from South Carolina

March 8th, 2009
1:55 pm

when he perfects his fastball command, he will be almost unhittable

Shawn G

March 8th, 2009
1:56 pm

Carroll Rogers

March 8th, 2009
1:58 pm

that’s 7 Ks for Hanson in his four innings…..nastiness. got werth and howard both on curveballs, howard swinging at it.

Robert from South Carolina

March 8th, 2009
1:59 pm

Carroll, is his curve spped in the low or high 70’s

Jim

March 8th, 2009
1:59 pm

Lew,

You reacted with sarcasm on the last blog when I suggested that IF Jeff Francouer was still struggling the way he has been so far this Spring that both he and the team would benefit from a stint in the minors where he could work out his problems without the pressure he would face up here. The fact that he is taking more pitches and not striking out may be viewed as a positive, or a caution that he is being too tentative and trying too hard either not to fail or to incorporate all the advice he must be receiving from diverse sources.

Carroll Rogers

March 8th, 2009
2:01 pm

back-to-back singles by Kelly Johnson and Freddie Freeman, who’s back in the lineup despite his quad thing

Carroll Rogers

March 8th, 2009
2:01 pm

ok, single by escobar, bases are loaded for francoeur

Robert from South Carolina

March 8th, 2009
2:02 pm

oh no, Francoeur up with the bases loaded.

Robert from South Carolina

March 8th, 2009
2:02 pm

that was at least productive

Carroll Rogers

March 8th, 2009
2:03 pm

Francoeur hit sac fly to right field on the first pitch….That’s a big improvement over last year with the bases loaded. Got something out of it.

Carroll Rogers

March 8th, 2009
2:03 pm

Jay212033

March 8th, 2009
2:05 pm

Thanks for the score update!

KC

March 8th, 2009
2:06 pm

Robert from South Carolina, did you get to see that ESPN televised game that Hanson pitched in?

Dustin

March 8th, 2009
2:07 pm

Carroll, how smooth is Freddies swing? Thanks

N Nine (eta28)

March 8th, 2009
2:09 pm

Would Glavine strikeout 7 in 4 inn against Phillies?

keylargo

March 8th, 2009
2:10 pm

Carroll – I don’t know where you are in relation to Mt. Dora, which is north of Orlando, but that is a beautiful place to run. Lots of lakes and orange groves. I ran a marathon there a long time ago that I do not believe is still run, but you should check out that area. It is surprisingly hilly for Florida and definitely more serene than mouseworld.

athensmatt

March 8th, 2009
2:12 pm

Carroll, thanks for filling in on the blog! Keep up the good work!

Bubdylan

March 8th, 2009
2:12 pm

nice Moylan anecdote from Sutton.

Carroll Rogers

March 8th, 2009
2:14 pm

Gonzo is throwing harder today. first pitch or two 89, then up to 90, then 91 and now 92. Gave up a single but nothing else in a scoreless fifth

Bravely going forward

March 8th, 2009
2:14 pm

what did they say about moylan?

Bubdylan

March 8th, 2009
2:18 pm

Sutton went in the clubhouse wearing sandals. Moylan says “Not a good look for you, mate.” Sutton says, “what should I wear, something in kiwi?” Moylan scoffed at him, “that’s New Zealand, mate.”

Also, Sutton asked Moylan if he was an Austrailian redneck. He said “No, but Stockman is.”

PTBNL

March 8th, 2009
2:19 pm

Thanks, Carroll. I kept studying the MLB boxscore. It showed that there was only one hit (by looking at everything I could tell it was a single), but it also shows that the Phils scored a run. But there were no errors, no SB… etc. I could not figure out how they scored the run. I was hoping someone would explain the strange inning. Thanks again.

Bravely going forward

March 8th, 2009
2:19 pm

that’s hilarious. thanks Bubdylan.

PTBNL

March 8th, 2009
2:22 pm

LOL They have that thing mixed up! They have taken the run from the top of the 5th and put it at the bottom of the 5th. By that, the Braves have scored one run in each, the 4th and 5th innings, but the score is still 1-1.

Jim

March 8th, 2009
2:23 pm

The 1 in the fifth inning is an error — their total still reads 1

Carroll Rogers

March 8th, 2009
2:24 pm

Brooks Conrad – love the name – just doubled to the gap in right center to score Martin Prado (he singled) to put the Braves up 2-1 in the fifth

keylargo

March 8th, 2009
2:25 pm

Bub – You should send Moylan some Crocs to give to Sutton. If you really want to look Goofy, there is a good place to start.

Braveheart

March 8th, 2009
2:25 pm

——– The fact that he is taking more pitches and not striking out may be viewed as a positive, or a caution that he is being too tentative and trying too hard either not to fail or to incorporate all the advice he must be receiving from diverse sources. ——

That’s true, but I just think he’s trying to change his mechanics and his approach. Since it is just ST, he may be just using the meaningless of ST games to experiment at the opposite extreme of what he usually does. As ST closes and the games start for real, I wouldn’t be shocked to see him shift more to the middle of the two extemes so that he has a better blend of both extremes.

Folks drive me crazy with that stuff. It’s like with KJ. Folks say he needs to be aggressive instead of so patient. I just think he needs to be more aggressive but not necessarily aggressive. Not being patient would be against his being as a hitter and would take away from what makes him as good as he is as a hitter. He needs to be a little less patient but by no means does he need to become aggressive.

To me, KJ’s slumps are caused because as a young hitter he naturally goes from one extreme to the other when adjustments are made to him. Those adjustments he makes to adjustments they are making to him work out well for a while and he goes off on the torrid streaks he is known for.

But then they make a new adjustment to him and he’s still stuck at one extreme or the other and he stinks for a few weeks and sometimes more until he makes the adjustment to their adjustment by becoming more aggressive or more patient.

I believe KJ’s game will stablize once he finds the ideal blend of aggression and patience. It will allow him to make more adjustments from pitch to pitch, at bat to at bat, game to game, week to week, month to month. Once he does that, the torrid streaks will last a few games more, the slumps will last a few games less and he will also be able to blend in a few more weeks of somewhat average effectiveness than he usually does instead of just bouncing back and forth on the aggression & patience adjustment roller coaster.

keylargo

March 8th, 2009
2:25 pm

Bub – PS – I love my Crocs!

Chop Chop

March 8th, 2009
2:26 pm

Run Heap Run,

That was a true story. I grew up where I currently live: Albany, Georgia.

McFann, will Mcccan be stymied by the Venezuelans today?

Carroll Rogers

March 8th, 2009
2:26 pm

thanks key largo, I’ll keep that in mind….part of the problem is the time crunch and trying to get a run in which the sun is out and when i’m not at the ballpark. about the best i managed was Celebration one day. but i’ll keep that in mind if i’m back down here with an off day. seems my off days work wise are my off run days too.

Interested Observer

March 8th, 2009
2:28 pm

The Braves are going to have to bring in House to diagnose Stockman’s mysterious back ailment.

Does Brooks Conrad play any positions besides 2B? Just wondering if he is in a position to compete with D. Hernandez to take over Lillibridge’s role, that of being stashed in AAA and brought up whenever an infielder gets hurt.

Carroll Rogers

March 8th, 2009
2:29 pm

That’s 89 on the first pitch for Moylan, gets a comebacker to the mound, and off he goes, mate.

Carroll Rogers

March 8th, 2009
2:31 pm

mayberry just swung over the top of that slider from moylan to go 1-2 and struck out looking at 91 heat on the outside edge.

Carroll Rogers

March 8th, 2009
2:37 pm

Smooth, Dustin. Heyward just got a broken bat single to center, speaking of …..Good inning for Moylan. One walk, but nothing else. Struck Mayberry out looking at a 91 mph fastball. Two groundouts. That’s his second outing coming off the elbow surgery.

Carroll Rogers

March 8th, 2009
2:38 pm

that was a hard hit ball by Jeff for a lineout to left. And took too pitches to get the pitch he wanted. good AB

Mekons

March 8th, 2009
2:39 pm

Great news about Moylan. I assume they’re being careful with him. I always feel good when he comes into a close game. Thanks for all the tidbits, Carroll.

shane

March 8th, 2009
2:41 pm

Francouer kills another rally. The man is an out making machine

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