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.