Hanson shoulder improved, gearing up for Tuesday start

Tommy Hanson was encouraged enough by three consecutive days of catch that the Braves sent left-hander Mike Minor back to Triple-A Gwinnett and penciled Hanson in to start Tuesday in Seattle.

Hanson has missed two starts while on the disabled list nursing shoulder tendinitis. A cortisone shot and rest have helped, and Hanson said his shoulder felt good after 50 long tosses and 25 pitches on flat ground Wednesday.

“Felt really good,” Hanson said. “All my pitches actually felt really good too. So hopefully I can stay right there.”

Hanson plans to throw a bullpen session on Friday in San Diego and if need be another light one on Sunday. But the way things are proceeding, he expects to get back on the mound Tuesday.

He said the shoulder doesn’t hurt him unless he throws hard and Wednesday he didn’t feel it when letting loose at about 90 percent effort.

“If I’m going to pitch next Tuesday I’ve got to let it go and see how it feels – if I’m even going to be able to throw a side,” Hanson said. “I think it’s good though. If it is tendinitis, I feel like it’s calmed down a lot, and hopefully it stays that way.”

An MRI last week revealed inflammation in the rotator cuff but no structural damage.

Hanson said he’d felt shoulder pain over each of his past three starts. It got to the point warming up in Houston for his last start June 12, he thought he was going to have to shut it down.

“In Houston when I was warming up I almost said something like, ‘I’m not pitching today, hurts too much,’” Hanson said. “Once I got out there it was fine. Just warming up it was not fun.”

Hanson managed to strike out a career-high 14 batters that day in seven innings of a 4-1 win. Hanson went 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA and .123 opponents’ average in those three starts, despite his discomfort.

15 comments Add your comment

me

June 22nd, 2011
3:48 pm

TheAntiMe

June 22nd, 2011
3:49 pm

Cool, I can’t wait to get the Tommy-nator back on the hill.

TheAntiMe

June 22nd, 2011
3:52 pm

Looks like BB was dealing today. Gotta luv it!

John Galt

June 22nd, 2011
4:18 pm

Beachy was a man today, McCann stays hot, Schafer continues to impress and Kimbrell was dominant.

Go Bravos!

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Prado

June 22nd, 2011
4:31 pm

When I get back in the line-up we are going to be the team to beat!!!!!!

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

June 22nd, 2011
6:09 pm

Go Tommy!
Sad news for you BBQ and Bravo fans. Billy Jack’s is closing. Friday, June 24th will be our last full day. Many of you have stopped by and talked baseball. I have also made several new friends. The experience was gratifying for the most part, high overhead and slow sales force us to close. Come on by in the next 2 days.

Willy

June 22nd, 2011
6:53 pm

The Braves have the best road record in the National League (4th best in MLB).

BOISESTATEBRONCO

June 22nd, 2011
9:54 pm

going to be in Seattle on Tuesday. Would love to see Tommy return to the hill

phil

June 22nd, 2011
10:06 pm

Sissy boy…he and Hurtward…

Kidding..will be good to have him back.

Heisenberg

June 22nd, 2011
10:36 pm

Minor has had back-to-back quality starts. Missing one more start for Tommy boy to make sure it has calmed down seems prudent. Pitching depth is good enough there should be no need to rush back. But I guess the flip side to that is if it flares up again, there are guys ready and capable to step up.

ExBraves Fan

June 23rd, 2011
5:35 am

Not a good sign for someone so young to have shoulder problems. Elbows are different. Having had shoulder problems and surgery, it is not a fun trip. Elbows seem to be more easily to come back from than shoulders.

Packer Ed

June 23rd, 2011
8:00 am

This Brave Team is going to get it all together and will be playing ball in October. Struggles sometimes define and build outstanding character.

JoeFan

June 23rd, 2011
8:14 am

Hanson is shoulder surgery waiting to happen. Makes no sense to throw him back out there until his shoulder is completely sound. With the depth the Braves have in starting pitching there is more than enough time to allow his shoulder to heal. Hopefully Minor has gotten it together because he will be back in the near future.

kirkinga

June 23rd, 2011
3:39 pm

As many pitches as he throws each game, the news that his shoulder has been barking for the past three starts isn’t encouraging.

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