Hanson has shoulder tendinitis, no structural damage

MIAMI – An MRI examination of pitcher Tommy Hanson’s sore shoulder showed no structural damage, and the Braves hope he can avoid another stint on the disabled list and start Tuesday against San Francisco.

After being checked by doctors Tuesday in Atlanta, he was diagnosed with tendinitis and given a cortisone injection in his pitching shoulder for the second time in two months. Hanson got an injection in June for another bout with tendinitis that landed him on the 15-day DL.

“He took a shot and hopefully that calms everything down,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Right now, we’re still hoping for Tuesday.”

If he isn’t ready to pitch Tuesday, Gonzalez said the rotation could be shuffled again and Hanson moved back another couple of days. Or, he could go on the DL retroactive to Sunday, the day after his last start.

“But we’re not thinking that [way] right now,” Gonzalez said.

Hanson gave seven runs and a career-high four homers in just 3-1/3 innings Saturday at New York, falling to 1-3 with an 8.10 ERA and .313 opponents’ average in five starts since the All-Star break. He was 10-4 with a 2.44 ERA and .190 OA before the break.

Mike Minor is moving up one day to start Friday against the  Cubs in what would have been Hanson’s regular turn. Minor will be on full rest because of an off day in the schedule Thursday.

Derek Lowe will start Saturday and Brandon Beachy on Sunday, followed by Tim Hudson on Monday against the Giants, Hanson, and Jair Jurrjens on Wednesday.

Jurrjens is on the DL recovering from a strained knee. He said he felt much better and would be ready to start on Wednesday, the first day he’s eligible to come off the DL.

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August 10th, 2011
7:09 pm

Hopefully he won’t miss too much time, we need him.

Braves fan in NY

August 10th, 2011
7:18 pm

Go on the DL tommy


August 10th, 2011
7:18 pm

Hopefully rest will do Hanson some good like the first time. Hopefully after the season a good long rest will be the only needed cure.

Runnin With The Dawgs

August 10th, 2011
7:32 pm

Tendinitis in my shoulder and neck kept me off the golf course for 18 months. This is some of the most painful stuff there is. It just never lets up. I feel for you Tommy. Get well soon. “GO BRAVES”!


August 10th, 2011
7:40 pm

If Hanson doesn’t pitch Tues any idea who would since JJ isn’t eligible till Wed?


August 10th, 2011
7:41 pm

If he can’t go Tuesday, then he should be DL’d.


August 10th, 2011
8:08 pm

Sorry that Hanson has a diagnosed shoulder problem. Give him credit for not wanting to use it as an excuse after Saturday`s game.


August 10th, 2011
8:27 pm

How did the Braves acquire Constanza ?


August 10th, 2011
8:56 pm

Are the Braves the only team having these injury issues?

where is freeman

August 10th, 2011
9:02 pm

prob a stupid q but been out of town lately. Checked the score on mlb and saw freeman not in lineup? is he hurt?


August 10th, 2011
9:04 pm

Come on……….the way he pitches……he is all arm. He will not be able to keep doing that for long. Can you imagine how hard and fast he could throw if he put his body into it?!?


August 10th, 2011
9:04 pm

Too much cortisone just degenerates the tissue over time. Not good. I worry about him coming back too soon off of this…


August 10th, 2011
9:10 pm

@where is Freeman. They’re just giving him a rest tonight. Braves are looking good, I just hop that the pitching holds up down the stretch. Definitely a completely different team than earlier in the season.

up north

August 10th, 2011
9:19 pm

Heyward should need something for the splinters in his rear, because he should be sitting on the bench!


August 10th, 2011
9:52 pm

Hanson’s mechanics are bound to hurt him over time. His short-arm, all-arm style cannot hold up. I fear we may be seeing him towards the end of his short career. I wonder why the Braves pursued a pitcher with such flawed mechanics? I also wonder the same about a hitter named Heyward.
Uggla has really turned it around in a few weeks, mostly by hitting the ball where it is pitched, like Freeman and Chipper at their best.
Gonzales’ handling of pitching staff in last few days is questionable. Use of Proctor led to (over-)use of Kimbrel. And same for Valvarro.

Coach Mc

August 10th, 2011
10:41 pm

Constanza was sign as a free agent over the winter coming from K C Royals. Not sure why he hasn’t been on their team, Lord knows they need help. He was in the minors and not on the big league team.


August 10th, 2011
10:41 pm

DL for a month and be ready for the playoffs.


August 10th, 2011
10:50 pm


If you don’t mind me asking, are you a baseball coach / athlete? What are your qualifications to make such judgment on Hanson’s delivery?

Old guy

August 10th, 2011
10:52 pm

Just dreaming of this. Uggla hitting all season like he is now with Chippers two “Rug Rats” on the team all season……….

Clarkesville Fan

August 10th, 2011
10:56 pm

nashvillewill is right. I’ve said for 2 years Hanson was an accident waiting to happen with that delivery


August 10th, 2011
10:58 pm

Constanza came from the Cleveland organization.

Fla Brave

August 10th, 2011
11:06 pm

Prado is back, McCann is ready, Proctor is gone, McLouth is gone, Jones and Gonzo are coming around, Bourn and Constanza are here and things are looking good for the Braves. They are now a damn good team.

Homebound fan

August 10th, 2011
11:21 pm

After the Braves game tonight I watched the Nats and Cubs on WGN. Their announcers put ours to shame. They didn’t carry on the constant motor mouthing and analyzing every pitch, swing, catch, fan, and meaningless statistics like the Braves guys do. It was a very pleasant change of pace.


August 10th, 2011
11:22 pm

BravesFan and nashvillewill are spot on about Hanson’s delivery, one that is asking for injury. With the stuff he has, he maybe, maybe could make adjustments and save his arm and prolong his career.


August 10th, 2011
11:31 pm

Constanza was a 6 year minor leaguer, which means he could become a minor league free agent and sign with whomever he wants. Luckily, he signed with the Braves.


August 10th, 2011
11:39 pm

I made the same statement to a friend of mine when Hanson first came up. All arm. He should be pushing off with his legs. That will save his arm over the long haul.


August 11th, 2011
12:36 am


Charlie Lau

August 11th, 2011
12:45 am

BravesinTN…..exactly right. He should go on the DL and rest it.


August 11th, 2011
1:46 am

nashvillewill, Clarkesville Fan, Largo, and BravesWin are all on the correct side when it comes to Hanson and his delivery. You don’t have to be a coach or even an athlete to know they are correct, just an honest to gosh baseball fan, who has probably watched a LOT of baseball over the years, and, unfortunately, seen way too many arm injuries by pitchers.

Hanson reminds me of Mark Prior in his throwing, and I think if you are a true baseball fan, then one will readily admit Prior has been injured for so long folks forgot he was once a rising star, ala Tommy Hanson.

I regret I must agree with those that have voiced the thought that Hanson is not here for a long time, but it will be good for however short it lasts.

Chris P. Bacon

August 11th, 2011
3:51 am

There was an article last year, on the NY Mets blog of all places, that asked sportswriters and fans which MLB pitcher would have a catastrophic shoulder injury in the next few years. Fan consensus was Strassburg of the Nationals. Sportswriter consensus was Tommy Hanson.

Yehuda Hamer

August 11th, 2011
5:31 am

I never liked Hanson’s delivery as well. Costanza doesn’t seem to have real quality base hits.

Total Grace

August 11th, 2011
6:32 am

@ Yehuda

I know, he just keeps getting on base and making his way around the bases back to home plate. They are not real quality runs, but they still count.

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August 11th, 2011
7:44 am

@Homebound fan—————-I totally agree with you, esp. on Homer Simpson. I am pretty quick with the mute button when he begins to blather.

Leslie 12

August 11th, 2011
9:03 am

Totally agree that Hanson’s mechanics are a concern. Plus, base stealers seem to have a field day with that delivery.


August 11th, 2011
9:15 am


Funny, I recall baseball people wondering why Prior had so many injury problems because he allegedly had classic pitching form. Some of you experts are hilarious.

B Mac is the man!

August 11th, 2011
9:51 am

Total Grace with the comment of the day! Keep running Georgie!


August 11th, 2011
10:13 am

you people are amazing looking for something too whine about geororgie constanza because this caareer minor leaguer has kicked hayseeds ass to the bench by of all things being able too play baseball i seee hawsseds new approch worked to the tune of only three stikeouts tonight i haver a neeww nic name for him the inning ender lol

willie g hates bill shanks

August 11th, 2011
10:18 am

the braves get the cubs, they the giants,a nd arizona so much for the playoffs the way the things now going the braves will play milwaukee first , wow the milwaukee braves , atlanta braves mr bob ueker , wow a real announcer then the phillies and the braves will get swept by the phillies and the yankees will outslug them w to win the ws.

willie g hates bill shanks

August 11th, 2011
10:20 am


willie g hates bill shanks

August 11th, 2011
10:26 am

AND BILL SHANKS IN MACON GA , you are a joke in the industry, you russ brown , and charles olsen , and the stupid skip the georgia tech , keep cussing on the show bill and you will be fired from that station too , wanting to ban people that cuss and you want to get irate when somesone calls you out on stuff i make more than you in a day than you make in a month i listen to the show every day tape it so i send it to peole who laugh at yr show and the SEC.


August 11th, 2011
10:29 am

The braves are finally exciting to watch again! thanks to the speed and they know how to use it. Tommy take the 15 day dl u need it!

willie g hates bill shanks

August 11th, 2011
10:35 am

PEOPLE THAT THINK THIS HOME GROWN MACON GA SHOW IS GOOFY, who the hell are you for to day a player should die, a baseball player , a former california angel, that did good in atlanta and i taped that show that day , you know people have cancer, die of heart attacks, and strokes, die of ms, and lou gherigs disease like my mother , you need to pray because i know one day GOD will punish you for all yr wrong doings , the only one on that show that is good , in order is charles olsen, 1st he has his own show and has shown nothing but class , in his show , so bill shanks continue to be mean and cruel, and when you are at the unemployment line i will take your picture and say to the world GOD HAS PAID YOU BACK IN FULL.

willie g hates bill shanks

August 11th, 2011
10:38 am


willie g hates bill shanks

August 11th, 2011
10:43 am

go braves catch the phillies if you have a heart or a pulse everybody at espn, cbs sports , and nbc sports have given philly the divison title., NOT SO WE DIDNT WIN 14 IN A ROW FOR NOTHING , AND TRADE JASON HEYARD HE CANT HIT A LICK HIS WHOLE SWING IS UNLEVEL., SEND HIM SOMEWHERE TO WORK ONIT MY GOD HE HITS A BASEBALL LIKE HES CHOPPING WOOD , OH THATS RIGHT HE DID A TREE COMMERCIAL, .


August 11th, 2011
10:47 am

Mark Prior was ruined cause Dusty Baker doesn’t know when to quit pitching a young arm. He ruined Wood, and Prior, don’t you think its funny that they both were best pitchers in the league and after working for Dusty they were both ruined. Pretty sure if Tommy Hanson had bad form or whatever you experts think on here the Bravos wouldn’t have drafted him.

[...] According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the current plan is for Hanson to avoid the disabled list and potentially rejoin the rotation as soon as Tuesday against the Giants. [...]


August 11th, 2011
11:48 am

Being a golfer, I know you can never hit the ball with power unless you do certain things right at impact, even though all swings are different. You can’t “all-arm” your way around the course, let alone into PGA tour.

When a guy has made it to the big league, he is doing enough things right, and he has weighed his options. Sure, Fred Couples has had back troubles, but he is stuck with that swing (poor guy).


August 11th, 2011
12:11 pm

Get rid of Liberty Media? They’re the owners … they have to get rid of the Braves.


August 11th, 2011
12:15 pm

No matter what you experts say about Hanson’s delivery, we haven’t heard Fredi, McDowell nor Wren nor any other pitcher saying anything about his delivery. If/when they do, I’ll stand corrected. By the same logic, I reckon Kimbrel will be gone soon too….with back trouble from all that bending over. How ’bout Neikro’s delivery with the knuckler? Really shortened his career.

[...] An MRI exam on right handed pitcher Tommy Hanson revealed no structural damage according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. O’Brien adds that the Braves hope he can avoid going on the DL and start Tuesday against the [...]


August 11th, 2011
1:25 pm

It sounds like Tommy needs to rest that shoulder. A shot is not going to eliminate the tendonitis. If he continues to pitch without resting the shoulder, the problem will persist for the rest of the season.

Mark's for the Braves

August 11th, 2011
1:31 pm

Why do I feel that rotator cuff surgery is in Tommy’s future? I sure hope I’m wrong.


August 11th, 2011
5:40 pm

esta gente d los bravos no escuchan a sus fans desde hase tiempo c le advirto d protocor no estaba dando el grado y ahora toman la desicion tarde.ayer ledan una entrada a viscaino y el jovenlansador no pudo terminar,espero q haya sido los nervios d novato por q si ese muchacho no pega bien llos bravos van apagar la tardansa d refosal el bullpen. bueno por si las mosca si la gerensia d casualidad vio erste comentario SUBAN ALOS ROOOCKIS


August 11th, 2011
5:50 pm

randal delgado y julio para descansar a lowe jj tomy hanson usar estos jovenes contra equipos q no esten en la pelea para los playofs por ejemplo contra CUPS usarlos en esta serie para beneficio d confiansa para ellos y descanso para la rotasion seria buen balance para el equipo . si wren o fredi [ensaran = lesdaria al equipo buen acomode para darle jake mate alos filis o cualquier contrincante


August 11th, 2011
7:05 pm

the Mark Prior injuries were explained by commentors on MLB Network I believe. Two reasons given were:

a) overuse by Dusty Baker

b) his throwing motion, where his shoulders and hands formed a “W” as he threw. A kind of short arm delivery, and this is where Prior is a direct comparison to Tommy Hanson.

Shoot, I am just a fan like everyone else here. But I listen, and I figure if Al Leiter, Mitch Williams and others, who do know about pitching, can state the above factors were cause for Mark Prior injury, then another pitcher throwing with the same “W” short arm (Hanson) is also bound for an unhappy future.

And Phil Neikro never had arm problems like Prior. He never threw hard enough.

John A

August 12th, 2011
12:48 am

As long as Hanson throws with his arm, and not his body he will continue having shoulder problems. Best part company now while his value is up.


February 5th, 2012
6:11 pm

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