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.