Hanson (shoulder) scratched, Delgado to debut

The last thing the injury-riddled Braves needed was a health issue with one of their young aces.

They got it Thursday.

Tommy Hanson was scratched from his scheduled Friday start due to tendinitis in his pitching shoulder. Prospect Randall Delgado will arrive from Double-A Mississippi to make his major league debut with a start Friday against the Texas Rangers at Turner Field.

Hanson (8-4) had a career-high 14 strikeouts in seven innings Sunday at Houston, becoming the first pitcher in franchise history to record that many strikeouts in seven innings or fewer. He had a 1.42 ERA and .123 opponents’ average in three June starts, all wins.

“He’s going to miss a start,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “We’re hoping [only one].”

The Braves and Hanson had not said anything about any shoulder pain after the game Sunday or since. But early in Thursday’s game against the Mets, they announced Hanson was scratched for Friday.

“It’s been kind of lingering for a couple of starts,” Gonzalez said of the injury. “Young pitcher like that, you don’t want to put him in a situation where it could be a long-term thing.”

The Braves hope he feels  better in a few days and avoids a stint on the 15-day disabled list. The Braves have been without fifth-starter Brandon Beachy (oblique strain) for a month, and he could return next week.

Beachy made the first of two scheduled minor-league rehab starts on Thursday.

Delgado, 21, was the 35th-ranked prospect in Baseball America’s preseason top 100, and the second-rated Braves pitching prospect behind Julio Teheran and ahead of Craig Kimbrel, Mike Minor and others.

Delgado was 4-4 with a 3.54 ERA in 13 starts for Mississippi, with 64 strikeouts and 26 walks in 73-2/3 innings. He allowed 69 hits including six homers.

“He has very good stuff,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said after Thursday’s announcement.

Teheran, who has already made two major league starts this season, was not an option for Friday’s start after pitching Tuesday for Triple-A Gwinnett. Delgado last pitched Friday against the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate, allowing seven hits, three runs and one walk with eight strikeouts in seven innings.

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June 16th, 2011
8:34 pm

Hopefully Hanson only misses a start or 2.


June 16th, 2011
8:44 pm

Oh, wonderful…….the hits just keep on coming!

I hope this isn’t going to be anything long term. I can’t say I haven’t thought about this though ever since the first time I saw Hanson pitch with that short arm delivery of his.

I swear this team is snakebit. Just no other way to explain it.


June 16th, 2011
8:54 pm

too many “young” folks in the Braves organization have “tendinitis”…


June 16th, 2011
9:01 pm


What the hell does that even mean?

Anyway I hope Tommy is going to be ok. We need him and JJ making all of their starts from here on out.


June 16th, 2011
9:14 pm

The way the Braves hit…..Even Cy Young would lose…

Brave Fan

June 16th, 2011
9:22 pm

Hopefully it’ll will not be very serious this time. You notice I say this time because I’m afraid his throwing motion isn’t going to allow his career to last as long as we all would hope. I hope I am wrong.


June 16th, 2011
9:26 pm

Exciting to see another memeber of the future top shelf staff.


June 16th, 2011
9:56 pm

Could it be that this kid is being showcased for a possible trade? Who on the Tiger roster could Braves be interested in?

Bama Fan#2

June 16th, 2011
10:17 pm

This sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


June 16th, 2011
10:52 pm


June 16th, 2011
11:09 pm

His delivery is all arm. His mechanics dont bode well for longevity. He needs to learn how to generate motion from that big body and take the pressure off his arm and shoulder.

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June 16th, 2011
11:54 pm

Haha as bad as this team is at hitting it doesn’t matter if we put Randy Johnson in his prime out there we would still get killed!!! In top of pitching a prospect who has never pitched above AA Chipper is gonna be out too and that’s coming off arguably his best performance. Uggla looks back to normal going 0-4 and that’s that. A good hitting team that steals bases is coming to town and that means its gonna be an ugly series for the Braves!!! They even have good pitching, were done. Once again after a great road trip the Braves comeback home and BLOW IT THEY’RE WAY TO INCONSISTENT AND WILL NOT MAKE THE PAYOFFS. They MIGHT have a shot at the playoffs if they FIRE LARRY PARISH WHO HAS NEVER I REPEAT NEVERRRR BEEN A HITTING COACH AT ANY LEVEL YET THE BRAVES HIRE HIM AS HITTING COACH?????? Worst offseason move was hiring a guy as your hitting coach who has ABSOLUTELY NO EXPERIENCE AS A HITTING COACH. OBP AND BA IS HORRIBLE AND WAY DOWN FROM LAST YEAR FIRE PARISH AND WATCH US START PRODUCING RUNS CONSISTENTLY!!!!!!! FIRE LARRY ASAP!!!

Tony Danza

June 17th, 2011
2:00 am

I just don’t understand how Dan Uggla can continue to go up to the plate and violently swing at EVERYTHING. Just shorten the swing a little bit and make solid contact instead of trying to launch one into the next state. What an idiot.


June 17th, 2011
5:17 am

Afraid I must agree with other posters here, concerning Hanson’s longevity and his throwing motion. Its not going to be a long time, but a good time while it lasts. Tommy has that W motion with his shoulders and hands as he throws, much the same as Mark Prior did with the Cubs. And we all know how Mark Prior turned out.

old timer

June 17th, 2011
5:58 am

I looked it up and Delgado is a righty, in case anyone was wondering. Born in Panama.

I went to bed after the 7th inning last night. Dreamed that I played third base in a game with guys at work. Made about five errors in one inning. Thought, so this is how Brooks Conrad felt. I have been hard on him as many have. I think his homers come on pitchers’ mistakes, but the thing is, he doesn’t miss many of those mistakes. Some guys, especially in the ninth inning, do.

Uggla will hit. Keep the faith. Phillies are too tough, similar to the Braves ’90s teams. But Braves will be in the wild card hunt again this year.


June 17th, 2011
6:38 am

The thing that worries me, with the Rangers coming into town, is that potentiallly shortens our roster. It’s good that they don’t think they will have to disable Hanson or Chipper, but the bad part of that is that we are a man short on both sides, and with Delgado coming up we have to make a roster move. Maybe the prudent thing would be to option Minor down for 10 days, then if Hanson OR Chipper have to go on the DL he can be called right back up. If neither need to be DL’ed, then presumably Tommy would be ready when Minor’s spot comes back up. Any other option would leave us very shorthanded for the weekend.


June 17th, 2011
6:59 am

OK, I have tried to remain positive about the prospects this season but his is getting ridiculous. There have been alot of injuries. I have never seen anything like this. Maybe it’s bad kharma. Even before the whole outfield was placed on the Disabled List, this team wasn’t hitting. Do you lay that on the hitting coach again? I don’t think so. Maybe it’s time to say that some of these players aren’t going to hit as professional hitters should and shake it up. Of the lineup, who is tradeable? None of the outfielders. They have all been injured and weren’t faring particularly well prior to that except Martin Prado. Even the “golden child”, Jason Heyward, wasn’t hitting. Freddie Freeman had his hot streak. Dan Uggla has been a colossal failure. Chipper Jones wouldn’t be interesting to any club and he’s not going anywhere anyway. Shake it up? I don’t see that happening. We’re stuck in this.


June 17th, 2011
8:27 am

Beachy will be the next pitcher recalled! Minor is done…I think he’ll be traded. McLouth will be up tomorrow. Uggla will not start hitting until he works on staying inside the ball and shooting hits to the right side. He’s got a front arm elbow lock (arm bar) going which makes it impossible to stay on pitches and creates a pull hitter who hits at a .170 clip. I wonder if Larry Parrish knows this? You know, I remember Larry being an all-or-nothing swinger in his day! Uggla needs to hit 8th!


June 17th, 2011
8:59 am

Why is it that Delgado is good enough for the big leagues but not good enough for AAA. I suspect that Minor will be optioned to Gwinette to make room for Delgado then Teheran will be called up to pitch in Beacheys next start and Delgado will be optioned hopefully to AAA, all depending if Hanson doesn’t miss another start, if he does he will probably be DL’d and Minor could be brought back up due to an injury.


June 17th, 2011
9:00 am

Scott —for Hitting Coach, go for it.

Michael Procton

June 17th, 2011
9:21 am

Ralph, there are plenty of top prospects playing in AA (both pitchers and hitters.) The Marlins’ spot starter against us recently (Hand) was called up from AA. Another example is Dontrelle Willis, who didn’t see AAA before his major league debut. In terms of the overall talent pool and level of viability as prospects, AA probably has better players than AAA at this point. Just the way it goes, and with pitchers particularly, there’s not necessarily a need to get them at AAA if their stuff is good enough and they know how to use it well enough.

Gil In Mechanicsville

June 17th, 2011
9:36 am

Once upon a time, it was true there was a big talent gap between AAA and AA. Now it is more likely for a club to keep their best talent at AA. Triple A has a few more “veterans” trying to get their game back and “tweeners” who are quad A players.

JT Grace

June 17th, 2011
9:38 am

Joe 5:17 am — Afraid I must agree with other posters here, concerning Hanson’s longevity and his throwing motion. Its not going to be a long time, but a good time while it lasts. Tommy has that W motion with his shoulders and hands as he throws, much the same as Mark Prior did with the Cubs. And we all know how Mark Prior turned out.

Tommy absolutely does NOT have the inverted W throwing motion like Mark Prior.

This is a quote from Driveline mechanics (baseball academy) on Tommy’s throwing motion:

“Overall, I really like Tommy Hanson’s arm action – and I do mean really like it. I will be using it to show my students and hope that they can learn from him. I’d like to see him get a little quicker from maximal leg lift to footplant, and I’d like to see a bit better followthrough, but a clean arm action is the most important part of the delivery and Hanson definitely has that going for him.”



June 17th, 2011
9:55 am

You know…I was thinking that maybe the Braves are showcasing Delgado as well, but that is probably wishful thinking as they could have had him pitch for Minor last night, in less of course they also wanted to showcase Minor, who as I saw it, needs to work on a strikeout pitch. He got ahead early and threw something like ~60% strikes, but he couldn’t seem to miss too many bats. I will say that in his previous starts he did appear to handle adversity well and get more comfortable as the game progressed, but last night he just couldn’t find his rhythm.

And on another note, that…uh hmmmm…crow that I’ve been eating on since we left Houston hasn’t tasted too good. I sure was hoping that Uggla was starting to turn the corner, but his swing is terrible right now. Opening up on everything, trying to guess pitches, pitchers are chewing him up and spitting him out right now, working him away away away and then dropping the hook or change-up on him down the middle and low, and he keeps doing the same thing…swinging for the fence.

Schafer’s looking better and better, BA up over 250 and Heyward looked good too! Hang in there everyone all is not lost.


June 17th, 2011
9:57 am

Thanks JT…good post. Some of these folks with jump on any bandwagon that comes passing by…

63 year Braves fan

June 17th, 2011
9:58 am

Release Proctor, Hicks, & Mather. Send Uggla to Gwinnet. Play D. Hernandez at 2nd until Prado comes back. Consider trading A. Gonzalez who has no plate discipline whatsoever.


June 17th, 2011
11:07 am

In all honesty, it really doesn’t matter who is on the mound for the Braves. Referring to many previous posts, the Braves still can’t hit. It was obviously not TP, knowing that Larry Parish has done no better. Prado has proven he can hit. He’s hit .300 every where he has played. Chip is old and though he had a great game last night, won’t hit above .275 by year’s end. McCann is the second best hitter in baseball (Mauer). Heyward is hopefully going to turn it around but when your lineup has Gonzo, Uggla, Hinske, Mather, Conrad…you can’t compete with the Phillies or elite teams in the MLB. Where is our Polancos, Ibanez or Werths…guys that complete the Phillies core of Utley, Howard and Rollins.

Our farm system is loaded with pitching prospects. You have to give a lot to get good hitting. I believe we have untouchables like Teheran and possibly Delgado, but Medlin? Minor? Hanson? Hanson and Jurrjens both have Scott Boras as their agents and this means the Braves will not sign them both. Liberty won’t spend the money and it doesn’t look like earlier rumors of Liberty selling the team next year are going to come true…so why not trade Hanson to get a quality hitter under contract?

Sorry for the long post but I had to vent so loud because I’m 7 hours away in Indiana! :)


June 17th, 2011
11:08 am

And I do know that Werth is playing for the Nationals now…but I was referring to their last year’s lineup and even this years with the other players.


June 17th, 2011
11:23 am

it kills me yal think Larry Parrish is the problem lol… Larry Parrish isn’t the one in the batters box. These are major league hitters yal! lol yal need to really get a life yal have no clue sometimes…


June 17th, 2011
11:30 am

I watched Delgado pitch at Myrtle Beach last year. He is a good prospect. I hope he has a positive outing.


June 17th, 2011
11:52 am

Bobby's Cox

June 17th, 2011
12:00 pm

I cannot believe all the bogus things I read on here.

1. Conrad only hits mistakes? That pitch last night was not a mistake that Conrad hit out. That pitch was about ankle high.

2. Delgado not good enough for AAA? In case you don’t know, most clubs would rather keep their best prospects in AA because the competition in AAA can be washed up on some clubs with AAAA players. In case you missed it, The Marlins prospect who dominated us last week, Brad Hand, never pitched above AA either. The guy Delgado is replacing, Tommy Hanson, only pitched 11 games above AAA in 2009, some of which were probably because he was optioned. Brandon Beachy just made his 3rd start in AAA last night, and only had 2 last year. I don’t think he had any before he made his MLB debut in Philly.

3. Hanson’s delivery has been argued to be less strenuous on his arm, much like Greg Maddux’s delivery. It’s just tendonitis people.

4. Despite the injuries, despite the lack of hitting, despite Dan Uggla, despite a slow start, these Braves still are just a 1/2 game behind the Giants for the 2nd best record in the NL. They lead the wild card by 1 game over Arizona of all teams. Everyone just chill out.

Way Far Out There Romeo

June 17th, 2011
12:02 pm

ijudgenot (June 16th, 2011 9:56 pm) has hit the nail on the head — Delgado can now officially be considered Trade Bait for a mid-July trade.

Brave New World

June 17th, 2011
12:56 pm

Good luck Randall!


June 17th, 2011
1:05 pm

I just read the typical comments of Carroll Rogers in which chicken shots were taken at Feliz, Andrus, and Harrison. Even Rogers must admit that that unbelievably dumb-a—d trade Teixeira trade has made Texas a pennant winner and has left the Braves with whatever the Braves are at this time.

Making snide remarks against these three Rangers brings nothing positive to the Braves and it sure doesn’t change the fact that Feliz and Andrus, though very young, are near the top at their respective positions and Harrison has, even with injuries, a positive starting pitcher.

And, Saltalamacchia is blending in well for the Red Sox after battling injuries.

Nice trade, Schuerholz and Wren. You boys deserve an award for making one of the undoubtedly worst trades in baseball history.

John A.

June 17th, 2011
1:28 pm

Frank, he better have very good stuff because the Rangers have an awesome hitting attack. Some of which are former Braves prospects.

John A.

June 17th, 2011
1:51 pm

Hey gang Uggla hit well while playing Houston, but a little leaguer can do that against Houston. Uggla needs a trip to Gwinnett so he can snap into reality by riding the bus a while.

chuck simon's barber shop

June 17th, 2011
2:48 pm

Management will “disable” Uggla soon in order to have him “rehab” at Gwinnett, ala Kelly Johnson, when Bobby couldn’t give Prado a chance in”09. Guess is, Prado will play 2nd and Wren will obtain OF via trade, and hope Uggs can find his stroke at AAA while saving face.


June 17th, 2011
3:12 pm

Here’s hoping Delgado knows how to get DOUBLE PITS TO CHESTY with it. He should, considering he was just getting DOUBLE A TO CHESTY.


June 17th, 2011
4:19 pm

chuck simon’s barber shop

You don’t do that to a $60 mil guy w/ 9 homers (leads team) and has played good defense.


June 17th, 2011
4:58 pm

I see Fredi does not realize that putting Conrad at third instead of Diory could really hurt us. Brooks is only good for pinch hitting so keep him off the field before he costs up some games. I can’t believe that Fredi has not watched tapes of Conrad trying to play defence.

Coach (2011 Fredi G. a go!)

June 17th, 2011
6:08 pm

Hanson’s shoulder problems really are not unexpected as the hitch in his delivery was bound to become an issue. Some have alluded to Tommy as “all arm” and I have to agree with the assessment. The guy hardly used his hips or legs enough. Sad to say that if Tommy doesn’t work on his mechanics…he’s likely to end up short changing his career.

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