Hanson on DL with shoulder tendinitis

Coming off one of his most dominant starts, Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson had his three-game winning streak put on pause Friday when he went on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis.

An MRI of his right shoulder showed no structural damage, but he has inflammation of the posterior rotator cuff and agreed with Braves officials it should be taken care of than continuing to pitch through discomfort.

“It’s been bothering me probably, like, the last three starts,” said Hanson, who went 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA and .123 opponents’ average in his past three starts, including a career-high 14 strikeouts in seven innings Sunday at Houston. “Just in-between starts and getting loose. Once I get in the game and get going, it feels fine.

“I kind of thought it was tendinitis from the get-go. It just didn’t get better, and we didn’t want it to get worse. Or for me to change my arm slot or do something different and really [mess] something up.”

The Braves announced during Thursday’s game that Hanson (8-4, 2.48 ERA) was scratched from his scheduled Friday start against Texas, but said they would wait to make a DL decision after he was reevaluated. After having an MRI on Friday, the decision was made.

“Everything was good [on the MRI],” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Friday. “We had to make a move. He would only miss one [more] start, because he’s going to miss this one anyway. He’ll miss the next one, and hopefully all that stuff calms down. He feels good about it.”

The Braves called up prospect Randall Delgado from Double-A Mississippi to start Friday against the defending American League champion Rangers. No decision has been made on who’ll make Hanson’s next rotation turn, but Brandon Beachy is a strong candidate.

Beachy is on the DL recovering from an oblique strain and struck out eight in five innings of his first rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Gwinnett. He was to have one more rehab start, but the Braves could instead have him take Hanson’s spot Wednesday against Toronto.

Hanson led the National League with a .189 opponents’ average and ranked second in ERA behind teammate Jair Jurrjens (2.13) before Friday. He was tied with Jurrjens and three others for third in wins.

On Sunday at Houston, he became the first pitcher in franchise history to strike out as many as 14 in as few as seven innings. Now, his winning streak and All-Star push are on hold.

“It [stinks] when you know you’re supposed to pitch and you’re not pitching,” Hanson said. “It’s not fun. But I guess it’s better to make sure everything’s OK. Get rid of the discomfort, then come back and finish the season off strong.”

It was no lost upon Hanson that his tendinitis coincided with a stretch of games in which he pitched superbly. He was relieved to learn the MRI results, and planned to speak with a Braves doctor late Friday to get his rehab plan.

“There’s just inflammation in there,” he said. “It’s right when I get to extension [with his arm], out in front. It just kind of bites a little bit, almost feels like it’s rusty. I’ve had tendinitis before. It felt like that. We just didn’t want it to become something else. This time of the season, there was no reason to keep running out there and if something was wrong, making it worse.”

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June 17th, 2011
7:43 pm

Injuries are killing us! Get healthy braves and let’s make a run.

Notso Fast

June 17th, 2011
8:09 pm

Proves that you can’t have too much picthing.

[...] Atlanta placed Tommy Hanson on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis: An MRI of his right shoulder showed no structural damage, but he has inflammation of the posterior rotator cuff and agreed with Braves officials it should be taken care of than continuing to pitch through discomfort. [...]


June 17th, 2011
8:46 pm

It also proves that the Braves have plenty. Tired of this bum Lewis looking like Maddux. Nice poke, Mac.

McCmann and Aqua Hoss

June 17th, 2011
9:11 pm

man man man man man….

and were falling like dominoes….


June 17th, 2011
9:17 pm

The Braves are makign this guy look like maddux…The Braves have a knack of doing that for
alot of pitchers this season…this team is a drag…can’t hit, signing players to big contracts to become busts? when does Wren start taking some heat for signing these bumbs? why is he not on the hot seat..we are eating millions in salary for mccout, kawakami, and now uggla..in any serious franchise, larry parrish would be in the unemployment line with Wren not far behind..loyalty is killign this franchise..It needs to be run like a business…


June 17th, 2011
9:28 pm

I think they making Colby “Cant get through the third inning unless pitching against the Braves” Lewis look like Roger Clemens of ‘86. Conrad with an error is no surprise. Gonzo with an error is becoming pretty common place. Scoring big one day then laying eggs for days is pretty much the standard. I know its only the sixth but this team looks like their on the ropes big time and someone needs to stop the fight. Going on the DL is the most consistent thing these guys have done all season. But yet so many people insist this team will turn it around. I’m just not seeing it and cannot stomach anymore.

Ted Sheckler

June 17th, 2011
9:55 pm

I wish Dan Uggla would go on the DL for the rest of the year. Way to go, Wren on getting another worthless free agent.


June 17th, 2011
10:05 pm

What? Why? C’mon, Phil Niekro wouldn’t have gone on the DL. Did Glavine & Maddux EVER go on the DL. Suck it up, Mate! Delgado is………not 50% of Hanson.


June 17th, 2011
10:27 pm

Ted, you are so correct. The guy the Braves need to take 15 days off is Uggla. He is absolutely killing the Braves by being in the middle of the lineup. Put Diory hernandez at 2nd and bat him 8th. Let Ugla rehab his swing with professional hitting instructer at AA or AAA.


June 17th, 2011
10:48 pm

No comments on Hayward not running to first base?


June 17th, 2011
11:48 pm

Okay, we all knew Dan Uggla was going to strike out a lot with runners on base. In fact, some of us actually opposed the move from the beginning. However, it is doubtful he will continue at this sorry pace and the Braves actually have the second best record in the league with his automatic out in the middle of the order. Things can only get better, right? I miss Omar Infante as much as the next guy, but I’m guessing Uggla will find it during the second half. If he doesn’t, phooey on me…and Freddie Gonzalez. We’ve come this far, so I’m willing to double down and hope “Popeye” finds his stroke.


June 18th, 2011
7:50 am

Every club has injuries. However the Braves are without some very important people. Prado is being missed more than anyone. Hanson certainly will be missed. Why all these injuries? Sounds like bad luck.

I hear Hank Aaron NEVER went on the DL in his entire career!


John A.

June 18th, 2011
9:27 am

I have been telling everyone that Wren is not the brightest crayon in the box for several years. Perhaps some of you fans will start taking notice of the deals he has made, along with monies spent on non-producing free agents. If he were still in Baltimore Buck Showalter would have had him out of baeball. Before Texas came to town he (Wren) made a comment about how good Delgado is and what to expect on friday nite, well we saw!!!!!!!!!!!! Wren seems to think Texas is a little league team, and minor league pitching will survive the onslaught. When is Freddie going to bench Uggla and put in a bench player that can at least hit his weight? Look around both leagues and realize how many former Brave farm hands are now playing every day. THANKS FRANK AND JOHN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Coach (2011 Fredi G.a Go!)

June 18th, 2011
12:22 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.


June 18th, 2011
1:21 pm

Coach, every analyst was saying that it would be his elbow, not shoulder that would be the problem. You can guess that someone will have a certain type of injury, but you have no idea until something happens, look at Lincecum with his unorthodox delivery…why hasn’t he had a major problem? or is it just a matter of time?
If you look around the majors and see the different Braves farm hands, most of them were given away under Shuerholz. Most of the guys that Wren has traded with have yet to do much if anything…most of them were replacement level players anyway. Stop complaining. As bad as the Braves offense is, the Braves still are tied for the 3rd best record in the NL. When the bats wake up even just a little then we will be more than fine…plus we’ve had injuries all year (Heyward, Prado, Jones, McClouth (can’t complain that he was injured), Beachy, now Hanson) we’ve had some pretty significant injuries and we are only 5 back in the division and tied for 3rd best record in the NL.

JT Grace

June 18th, 2011
2:14 pm

Tommy hanson does NOT have poor mechanics. Driveline Mechanics (who teach young kids how to pitch) state that HE has EXCELLENT mechanics.


“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.”

Just because Tommy has a slightly different delivery than most pitchers every armchair “expert” out there thinks he has bad mechanics. Take it from the real experts, he is fine. Injuries happen to everyone.

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