MIAMI – Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson left the team and returned to Atlanta to have his sore shoulder examined Tuesday, a move manager Fredi Gonzalez characterized as precautionary.
“They’ll do the whole workup on him and see what’s there, see if there’s a problem,” Gonzalez said. “No matter how the evaluation goes, we’re going to go ahead and bump him back.”
Hanson, who was scheduled to start Friday against the Chicago Cubs, is now penciled in to start Tuesday against San Francisco, pending the outcome of the exam. Mike Minor will move up a day to start Friday and still be on regular rest because of Thursday’s off day in the schedule.
Hanson allowed seven runs in 3-1/3 innings Saturday at New York and slipped 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, the right-hander declined to discuss with reporters whether he was having problems with his pitching shoulder. He had a 15-day stint on the disabled list in June for rotator-cuff tendinitis in the shoulder.
Hanson discussed the situation with Gonzalez, pitching coach Roger McDowell and team trainers.
“When a pitcher or an athlete comes to you and says he doesn’t feel good, I think you’ve got to go through the whole process of getting him checked out,” Gonzalez said. “I talked to him during the game Sunday, and spoke to him here [Monday] night.
“He seems OK. Not real concerned, but just doesn’t feel right.”
Gonzalez said the Braves’ plan to start Derek Lowe on Saturday and Brandon Beachy in Sunday’s series finale against the Cubs, followed by Tim Hudson on Monday, Hanson on Tuesday and Jair Jurrjens on Wednesday.
Jurrjens is on the DL with a strained right knee, and Wednesday is the first day he could be activated.
If Hanson requires a stint on the DL or is otherwise unable pitch Tuesday, the Braves would presumably recall Julio Teheran or another pitcher from Triple-A to fill in.