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.