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.