Braves have no plans to rest Hanson

NEW YORK – The Braves have no immediate plans to skip Tommy Hanson’s next scheduled start after he gave up four home runs in a seven-run outing and showed some signs that his right shoulder might be bothering him again.

Hanson stopped short of saying he was feeling any discomfort similar to the tendinitis that put him on the disabled list in June. But he didn’t deny it either.

When asked if his shoulder was bothering him again, Hanson said he wasn’t going to make excuses and then later said: “I don’t even want to talk about it, to be honest with you.”

The Braves have an off day Thursday and would have had the option to bring Mike Minor back on regular rest Friday in Hanson’s spot against the Cubs.

The Braves have four off days over the final 4 ½ weeks of the season if they decide they need to work in some rest for Hanson. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he planned to talk to Hanson, who has not mentioned anything to him about his shoulder bothering him since June.

“That’s never been brought up since last time we shut him down,” Gonzalez said. “I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t ask him or (trainer Jeff Porter) to be honest if there is something there.”

Hanson is now 1-3 with an 8.10 ERA in five starts since the All-Star break, after going 10-4 with a 2.44 ERA leading up to it.

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Gimme Some Offense!!!

August 7th, 2011
2:25 pm

GRRRRRRRRRRRRR — My Kingdom for a BASE HIT.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (nope, out #3)

heartofdarkness

August 7th, 2011
2:34 pm

Decision may be different after he throws between starts and, if Minor hangs tough past six today. Braves probably need to set themselves up to win 3 out of each 5 for the rest of the season. Part of that involves playing players who are trending positive over the last 10 games or 5 starts. Hanson is not in that category.

Gimme Some Offense!!!

August 7th, 2011
2:34 pm

Wow — no other comments for 8 minutes. I guess that nobody thought we might get a hit with 2 runners on…… My mistake!!!

Gimme Some Offense!!!

August 7th, 2011
2:41 pm

Double WOW — Gonzalez AND Constanza go deep….!!!?! One of those is a shocker… not sure which!!

Alex Gonzalez

August 7th, 2011
2:45 pm

Well there’s my hit and RBI for August. See y’all in September

Gimme Some Offense!!!

August 7th, 2011
2:45 pm

It seems like they should make sure Hanson is totally healthy — we have too many good arms at AAA (or even Cristhian Martinez) who could start for a while if there’s a problem developing with his arm or shoulder. We can’t afford a total meltdown of our starting pitching for September and beyond!!!

Gimme Some Offense!!!

August 7th, 2011
2:49 pm

Alex, I do get a bit nervous when you’re on a 7 or 8 game hitting streak – it seems like living on borrowed time…. like a home loan at 21% interest. If you bat were a house, it would have been foreclosed on 6 weeks ago…..

panamajack

August 7th, 2011
3:05 pm

Maybe, just maybe we will get to see one game before the season is over where we have both good pitching and good hitting in the same game, any takers?

panamajack

August 7th, 2011
3:06 pm

Right now I would get somebody up in the pen, Fredi??????????

knockahomerx

August 7th, 2011
3:08 pm

Braves need to raid the Indians for more Constanza types. This guy is a player. Why did we keep Jose down so long.

panamajack

August 7th, 2011
3:09 pm

Now I would make a change, Fredi?????????????

panamajack

August 7th, 2011
3:11 pm

Fredi and I were on the same page!

Georgie

August 7th, 2011
3:12 pm

I didn’t do anything in the MInors becuase I was busy shooting for Seinfeld. It paid more. But the MLB… winning!

knockahomerx

August 7th, 2011
3:13 pm

I love the speed element. We are missing the C in ABC baseball. GET ON, GET OVER, GET IN. Why do we not know how to sacrifice fly, when we hit fly ball outs without runners on? Get ‘er done.

Mike Minor

August 7th, 2011
3:13 pm

I could have done that…

Mike Minor

August 7th, 2011
3:17 pm

F#&k you, Eric. If you lose this game for me, I will kill you.

V

August 7th, 2011
3:20 pm

See this is what happens when you can’t do simple things like hit a freaking ball to the outfield with one out and a guy on runner. Twice today you’ve choked at that. And the mets, they get the hits. So go lose another one chokers.

Jason BAY

August 7th, 2011
4:27 pm

Of course the pitcher is going to be rocked if you don’t take him out.

alanfalcon

August 7th, 2011
4:53 pm

Braves offense, 9,6,12,10, runners in scoring position-9,6,12,10 runners left in scoring position—-What an exciteing way to watch a baseball game !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Braves.

DaveinNEPA

August 7th, 2011
5:53 pm

I think the Braves damn well better start thinking about resting Hanson.

A quality pitcher doesn’t just go from lights out to garbage that quickly unless something physical is wrong. Time for Hanson to own up to it. He’s a key player and we’re going to need him if we get to the postseason.

Rowsdower

August 7th, 2011
6:38 pm

That sounds vaguely familiar Dave

1991 braves

August 7th, 2011
7:27 pm

another starting pitcher that goes 5 innings without a quality start. This staff is going to wear out the entire bullpen, yet people think it is as good as the Phils. LOL!! If Minor is better than the other 3 big arms in the minors then the braves are in alot more trouble in the future than everyone thought. Oh well, the falcons start soon, but his team will never win a w.c. with this pathcwork staff now. When you can’t get a quality start but once a week there is no way in hell you will win 50% of your games. This team is a .500 team since the break, and it is only going to get worst. We will see how pathetic Fredi is now when he can’t rely on his starting pitching, because god knows he doesn’t have a clue on how to produce runs, or how to prevent them. Football season can’t get here soon enough.

Ron Hyatt

August 7th, 2011
10:55 pm

Braves Have no Plan. FTFY.

Tom B.

August 8th, 2011
8:31 am

it wouldn’t be a bad idea to rest Hanson, dump Lowe, and find some pitchers in the waiver wire. Bourn was a great addition, but they need pitching………

Tom B is an idiot

August 8th, 2011
11:17 am

We need pitching? Tom B….you are an idiot

Lobosolo

August 8th, 2011
11:43 am

1991 braves… GTH, AH…you can get your whiney, whiney butt on off of here and take up some football… more your mentality, I would imagine… you win the crappy fan of the week award, and it’s omly Monday…

Lobosolo

August 8th, 2011
11:44 am

1991 Braves, your grammar and spelling is no better than your baseball knowledge…. go back and get your GED at least…

bravos007

August 8th, 2011
12:21 pm

hanson needs a break. and a shrink

John A

August 8th, 2011
12:22 pm

I thought McDowell is being paid to be a pitching coach. If something is wrong with Hanson, why doesn’t he know about it? Other than that, why doesn’t Fredi know about such things? He does manage the team doesn’t he?

We need some serious help with pitching and in desperate need of hitting. Why is it that year in and year out our hitting stinks up the league?

john

August 8th, 2011
12:26 pm

-Since All Star Game,Braves Pitchers need SHRINK- lots of their recent problems are in their HEADS-especially Jurgens and Hanson-looked like they both grew-up earlier in Season but both back to their teenage hissy fit mentality-Grow Up -
-Lowe just worn out let him go…- heat kills this Old Guy -Bye
-Venters looks tired and gets wild or leaves pitches up-what happened to inside slider to RHH-was unhittable before All Star Game
-O’Flauiriity ,too, same as Venters
- All Pitchers stop hanging sliders belt high
-McDowell,Ross,Boscan,Chipper,Uggla,Gonzo get out to the Mound when pitch after pitch are outside Strike zone or left up & over the plate like on a TEE-talk to these young Pitchers
-Martinez and Varvaro are OK but Proctor, Lindbrink , -Bye -Sherrill OK with LH Hitters but ?????????

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Blackberry Cobbler

August 8th, 2011
2:26 pm

Hansons time in the majors is limited.

The way he stops his windup at the top then slingshots the ball, will wearout his shoulder and arm….. not to mention that he gives the batter a good look at the ball and a better chance of tracking it to the plate.

Hanson is also slow to the plate and doesn’t do a good job of holding runners on base.

coach13

August 8th, 2011
2:42 pm

Bullpen has by far the most IP in all of baseball. We’ll be lucky if they have enough energy to limp into the playoffs. Starting pitching has been awful lately. Uggla and Freeman have put together a rarity in baseball and we can’t win. They better figure it out fast.

not a pitching coach

August 8th, 2011
4:42 pm

Are opposing hitters picking up Hanson’s pitches from that slight hesitation in Hanson’s delivery? Can they see his grip on the ball and have just a split second to anticipate which pitch is coming?

Frank

August 8th, 2011
4:49 pm

Hanson’s velocity dropped from 94/95 to 90/91 over the last couple of weeks. Looks like his arm might be having a little problem.

Judy

August 8th, 2011
4:50 pm

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Judy

August 8th, 2011
5:02 pm

I would like to hear some opinions on Joe Simpson, I am a die hard Braves fan, but listening to Joe on TV, every close pitch by a Braves pitcher called a ball is a missed call by the umpire, every close pitch called against a Braves hitter is a missed call by the umpire. Also, Joe is always saying the opposing team made a bad play, didn’t run the bases hard, made a mental mistake, however, he rarely criticizes the Braves. Joe, I know you work for the Braves,but call it a little more straight up. Heyward, Uggla, Conrad always run the bases hard. The SS never runs hard to first, and Prado does only at times. Joe, call them out. Lastly, the second highest batting average in MLB is on the first pitch.

Kimbrel rocks

August 8th, 2011
5:57 pm

i think we need to let Minor pitch a lot more up here and get him ready for play-offs. having a lefty could go a LONG way in a series

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