MIAMI — If Tommy Hanson’s shoulder is bothering him, the Braves want to know.
Gonzalez said he and pitching coaching Roger McDowell would talk with Hanson and determine whether the right-hander needs to skip a start or have his scheduled turn Friday moved back.
Hanson gave up seven runs in 3-1/3 innings Saturday at New York and fell to 1-3 with an 8.10 ERA in five starts since the All-Star break, after going 10-4 with a 2.44 ERA before the break.
After Saturday’s game, Hanson declined to discuss whether he was having any should problems. The right-hander had a 15-day DL stint in June for rotator-cuff tendinitis in the shoulder.
The Braves don’t play Thursday, and Gonzalez said Mike Minor could pitch in Hanson’s turn Friday on regular rest. The Braves could shuffle the lineup or skip Hanson’s turn, but Gonzalez didn’t mention the possibility of another DL stint.
Constanza plays over Heyward
A day after Jason Heyward homered against the Mets, the right fielder was on the bench again Monday as Gonzalez opted to go with hot-hitting newcomer Jose Constanza against another left-hander, Florida rookie Brad Hand.
Before Monday, Constanza was hitting .412 overall (14-for-34) in nine games since arriving from Triple-A Gwinnett. He was 5-for-9 against lefties before Monday, when he singled in his first at-bat to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
Heyward hit .167 (14-for-84) against lefties before Monday, including 6-for-50 since returning from a 3-1/2-week stint on the DL.
If Constanza stays hot, he could also take some playing time from Heyward against some righties.
“It’ll take care of itself a little bit soon, because we’re going to have to give Chipper [Jones] a day [to rest] more often because of his knee,” Gonzalez said. “When that happens you can put [left fielder Martin] Prado at third.”