Hanson set for Tuesday; Prado still healing

SAN DIEGO — Tommy Hanson was to throw a side session in the bullpen just before Friday’s game at San Diego, his first time throwing from the mound since going on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis.

He is scheduled to start Tuesday at Seattle, the first day Hanson is eligible to come off the DL. He had no discomfort the day after a flat-ground throwing session Wednesday, and went into Friday’s session confident.

“Everything’s good,” said Hanson (8-4), whose 2.48 ERA ranked second in the league before Friday, behind teammate Jair Jurrjens’ 2.11. “I don’t think there’s going to be any problems. I think it’s fine. It was just inflammation and it went down. I don’t think it’s going to come back.”

An MRI on Hanson’s pitching shoulder showed no structural damage, just tendinitis of the posterior rotator cuff.

“It wasn’t anything we were worried about,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “After the exam, the doctor said just let it calm down a little bit and he’ll be fine. And it has.”

The Braves planned to start Jurrjens on Saturday and Tim Hudson Sunday in the Padres series finale, followed by Brandon Beachy on Monday at Seattle and Derek Lowe in the Mariners series finale Wednesday.

Waiting on Prado

Gonzalez had no update on the condition of left fielder Martin Prado, who is recovering from surgery to remove staph infection from his right calf and the side of his left knee.

Prado had surgery June 10, and incisions typically require two to three weeks to heal. Incisions are not stitched but are left open following staph-infection surgery, in order to heal from the bottom out.

He was cleared last week to begin some upper-body workouts, but Prado must wait to begin running and other leg work after his doctor gives the go-ahead. The Braves have not put a timetable on his return.

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TomahawkChoppin'

June 24th, 2011
9:44 pm

drew

June 24th, 2011
9:45 pm

Can’t wait for Prado to come back. He is sorely missed in our Lineup

Bob Wickman's navel lint

June 24th, 2011
9:55 pm

Burb! No power in Brookhaven, how am I supposed to watch the game? Another beer.

katherine

June 24th, 2011
9:56 pm

yes he is missed a lot…if we could get everyone back and hitting that would be awesome

katherine

June 24th, 2011
9:56 pm

stupid phillies win again

TheMurph

June 24th, 2011
9:57 pm

Considering all the injuries the Braves have suffered thus far, its amazing that they have the 4th best record in the majors.

Once Prado gets back, assuming he’s healthy, this will be an even more formidable team. If Uggla and Heyward could step it up and start hitting consistently, this will be a WS caliber team.

Joseph

June 24th, 2011
9:57 pm

I just heard pre-game show say Prado in August? DOB dude find out what the hell is up with that? Please question FG on it after the game. This “no timetable” thing ended when an employee of the Braves made that statement on live television. Why is he not expected back until August?

katherine

June 24th, 2011
9:58 pm

its ok though…remember last season the braves were in front most of the season while the phillies were dealing with injuries and then got healthy and overtook the braves. it is reversed this season so hopefully it will the braves who have the late season surge

katherine

June 24th, 2011
9:59 pm

not until august? i didnt realize he was that bad

Joseph

June 24th, 2011
10:02 pm

Did that pregame guy speak without knowing what he is talking about or is it true?
I just hope DOB will ask the question after the game and pin FG down for a real answer instead of “no timetable” I just hope that was a mistake and isn’t true but now I am worried.

VinceVanGo

June 24th, 2011
10:09 pm

Fredi G. has a nice problem to deal with when Prado comes back. McClouth should go to the bench with Prado starting in left. But Fredi should giver Chipper & Uggla every third or fourth game off and play Prado at second & third. That gets Chipper & Uggla some time off and it’s a long season. It also gets McClouth some at bats. Then Lugo to back up Gonzolaz, Hinske to spell Freeman, McClouth to spell Heyward, and Ross to give McCann a blow and there’s no reason to not have a fresh group at the end of the season. However, Fredi’s got to do a better job with the bullpen. He’s got to find a way to give Venters(first) and Kimbrell(second) some days off or they won’t be there at the end, or at least won’t be as effective. Maybe O’Flarehety and someone else could be used in the seventh and eighth innings to give them a break.

katherine

June 24th, 2011
10:16 pm

nice double play….blah

Bob Wickman's navel lint

June 24th, 2011
10:19 pm

katherine

June 24th, 2011
10:23 pm

derek lowe always makes me nervous

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
10:27 pm

So who starts when Prado comes back, Mclouth or Shafer? My hope is Shafer.

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katherine

June 24th, 2011
10:28 pm

mclouth was doing very well before he went on the dl too

katherine

June 24th, 2011
10:29 pm

when does moylan come back?

Joseph

June 24th, 2011
10:30 pm

@ Katherine …that is the life of a sinkerballer. Hit or miss. One game unhitable next 10 hits in 3 innings. Ball looks down tonight, so I am positive.

@Vince….That is the downfall to having your 2 best relievers being so young. You cannot let a young reliever sit for 3-5 days. Venters sat for 4 days last week and what happened? His worst inning of the year and the first time he gave up a run since I think May 2 or something like that. Moylan being gone is what is forcing the over-use if you call it that. I just hope Prado is back before August like I heard tonight :( . D.O.B. needs to ask FG that after the game and get a real answer.

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
10:35 pm

Yes, but I like the dynamic of Shafer at the 1

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
10:35 pm

Mylan probably wont be back to full strength by august, maybe september

Joseph

June 24th, 2011
10:37 pm

Schafer needs to get on base more. Love him working counts, just needs on base more or we need upgrade at CF at all star break.

Joseph

June 24th, 2011
10:38 pm

Moylan is expect back in early to mid August same time as Medlen

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
10:40 pm

Joseph isnt shafers on base percentage better than Mclouth? And I heard Medlen had a set back, any truth to that?

katherine

June 24th, 2011
10:41 pm

hmmm hopefully that will be the only run they score

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
10:42 pm

As for an upgrade at CF, there is no one out there to worth trading for, you know..the upgrade we need has to come from the production we get from what we have.

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
10:43 pm

Not sure why we play so poorly against San Diego….

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
10:45 pm

We just make San diego look so much better….its strange

Joseph

June 24th, 2011
10:50 pm

Medlen had a “set back” about a month ago. Scar tissue tear. Normal during rehab. He was shut-down for about 3 weeks to heal. Now is mental battle for him to not be afraid to let it loose and throw 100% (HIS OWN WORDS)

Schafer is better OBP than McLouth but still barely .300 is not good enough for a lead-off man. Love his attitude and effort though. I would love to see another lead-off man though in a trade for our abundant pitching prospects somewhere. I don’t know maybe Prado could play SS I have no clue where, but I would be sad to see Schafer go. I laugh when I see it here but maybe try for Bourne. It won’t happen but it is a nice dream.

Joseph

June 24th, 2011
10:51 pm

Dude they have great pitchers. They just beat Bo Sox 2 out of 3 at Boston if I am not mistaken

jungleland sax solo

June 24th, 2011
10:53 pm

Skip..u do know- much like general maliissio francisco franko.. sic…u r still dead.

katherine

June 24th, 2011
10:53 pm

this isnt good

jungleland sax solo

June 24th, 2011
10:55 pm

yea u were good, but ur kid stinks.

Who Me?

June 24th, 2011
10:58 pm

Its time for D Lowe to go.

katherine

June 24th, 2011
11:18 pm

this game is super boring tonight

Who Me?

June 24th, 2011
11:30 pm

@jungleland – you and Skip are dead.

it would be nice to see some fire from these guys in the dugout or at the plate. right now, 2 through 8 are just going through the motions. SD pitching is good, but our guys just look flat in the box…..

not good through 6 innings….

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
11:40 pm

I am not dead, I am a zombie now….come on!!

Craziness

June 24th, 2011
11:42 pm

6th inning, Lowe’s leaving pitches up, we are down 5 now and Sherrill and Ascenzio are warming up.

Stunning. Down 2 when the inning started, Lowe walks the bases full with 2 outs, and FG still leaves him in there. Wow. Not impressed. I’m going to bed now, what a waste of time.

Oh – and the Phillies have already won tonight, so we’ll drop another full game back now.

the truth...

June 24th, 2011
11:45 pm

You can blame Freddie for letting Lowe stay out there and give up a handfull….He will never want to come out, but this isn’t the first time that McDowel has gone out and talked with him and he and Freddie just sat on their butts and watched him implode….He had pitched into the 6th and was clearly missing ….time to sit him….

You can’t allow them to score 5….not with their arms…

The Great Santini

June 24th, 2011
11:54 pm

After a 4 game win streak I hope this isn’t the begining of a 4 or 5 game losing streak. Doesn’t look good for tonight sportsfans.

the truth...

June 24th, 2011
11:56 pm

There you go sports fans….leave Lowe in too long and now instead of a 2-2 game we’re still down 3….

Who me?

June 24th, 2011
11:57 pm

Same crap Bobby used to do. FG has no brain, maybe more importantly, no spine. yeah we’re going to lose but don’t just sit there and watch your starter nail the coffin shut. Give the other 8 a chance at least. Better to be down 2 with the bags full when you make the change, than leave your pal and starting pitcher out there to “take one for the team’. Who do you think you’re doing a favor to by letting him continue when the bags are full???? Just DAMN.

Oh. and I bet we get a tip ‘o the hat from Freddi tonight – anyone takin’ that bet???

the truth...

June 25th, 2011
12:02 am

Uggla has to be dealt with….by the break if he hasn’t pulled out of it he has to be sat down… has to…..

Prado can go back to 2nd where he was an all-star last year….and Dan can watch or go up to the McCann Hitting School and come up with a solution for his crash….

Who me?

June 25th, 2011
12:04 am

How many balls have we seen one-hop into Heyward’s body this year?? Either he needs to have his vision checked, or he needs to start playing 2 steps closer in, OR he needs to get off his a** and start making some defensive catches out there. 7th inning, makes a great play on one soft fly for the first out, the next batter, he watches it land in front of him. Ugggg.

I mean, cmon! if that were Chipper out there I’d understand but we’re talking a 24 yr old! (or something close)…..

the truth...

June 25th, 2011
12:08 am

Heyward will not be 22 until August…..the boy is only 21…

J-Man

June 25th, 2011
12:15 am

I think Ascencio is not long for Atlanta

IdahoBrave

June 25th, 2011
12:52 am

I wish Prado would be ready to go by the Seattle series. I am going to Seattle to root on my Braves!

braves fan forever

June 25th, 2011
1:13 am

Derek lowe is trade bait along with McClouth and as far as I am concern so is hicks/young/linebrink and wilkin ramairez.We can’t wait till augusta on prado.We need another big right handed bat.We can let Minor take lowes spot.If we get an offer trade Uggla too.Maybe somebody will take Freddi G and Larry Parrish too.

Philco

June 25th, 2011
1:15 am

The real Braves showed up tonight in San Diego. The next to worst team in the National League and the Braves *hit inb their pants!!!!
This has to be the worst/most boring Braves team to watch!! Even some of the losing teams in the 70s and 80s were a better watch. Yes they are winning, but ugly it is. …..no speed, weak defense, no passion..not very athletic…..where do I stop??

Tyler

June 25th, 2011
1:51 am

At some point, Larry Parrish’s performance as hitting coach needs to be analyzed and evaluated, whether be it by the AJC or, more importantly, the Braves. While historically this team has not made in-season changes to its coaching staff, these are no longer the Bobby Cox years and we don’t necessarily have to be beholden to their principles anymore. Something needs to be done not only to light a fire under the team, but also to remind everyone that each coach and player is accountable for their performance. Such a move could free the front office of having to make a drastic deal at the trade deadline and could allow lesser prospects be moved for role players, middle relievers, etc. While the team is still playing well and time is not necessarily of the essence, it only makes sense that such a topic should be bantered about during the All-Star break. I guess only time will tell if this truly is a new era of Braves baseball. Here’s hoping it is.

Spencer

June 25th, 2011
2:30 am

The answer is simple, when Prado comes back have him play second and send Uggla down until he gets his swing worked out because he is sure not showing any progress.

ivy

June 25th, 2011
5:48 am

I agree about all the Dan Uggla solutions but this guy is not getting it we are not asking him to hit 300 or 290 but atleast bat 250 I know he is slumping and he is taking his criticism like a man but he does not look comfortable at th plate! And the Phillies have a good pitching staff but are very beatable but it just seems like they never lose! I don’t think anyone would even take Uggla right nowor maybe he is just a fit for th braves! I love the fact that Uggla can go deep at any moment but that seems like all he is trying to do, balls come right over the plate to dan and he can’t even pull the trigger,this guy can’t seem to hita softball right now

ivy

June 25th, 2011
5:56 am

Sorry about my spelling I am typing so fast but Dan Uggla is killing the team right now! The way Jordan Schaefer hit the ball hard against the blue Jays but didn’t have too much to show for it and even the hard hit ball Mac hit in the first inning I can live with outs being made like that but Uggla seems like he is swinging a sword right now! When players get to Atlanta seems like they forget how to hit take Melky Cabrera and Jeff Francouer now they are with Royals and look like descent hitters again! It is a shame that Chipper is 39 and still the 3rd best hitter onthis team!

Ralph

June 25th, 2011
6:35 am

They will not be able to trade Lowe even if they wanted too, doubt they could even give him away without paying more than half his salary.

vermont 39

June 25th, 2011
9:09 am

We won’t have an overworked JV and CK with more games like last night’s!!!
GO BRAVES!!

Dennis Reynolds

June 25th, 2011
10:05 am

This team is going nowhere without Prado. He, along with Mac, is our MVP. Its a shame he’s been sitting on the bench for years. No telling what might have been if it didn’t take us so long to figure out what we had in him.

up north

June 25th, 2011
11:29 am

I see the errors and the bad pitching are back. Does anyone recall that Uggla is not a good fielder, either?!

AK Braves Fan

June 25th, 2011
3:19 pm

ahaha Bob Wickman’s navel lint is the greatest blog name I’ve ever seen

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