Tommy Hanson’s return to the Braves starting rotation is likely to be pushed back again from Tuesday to … well, to when he’s ready.
The right-hander is on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis for the second time in as many months, and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said it would be pushing things to have him try to pitch Tuesday.
“I don’t think it’s going to be too much longer after that,” Hanson said. “It felt great today. Today was my first day doing everything [full workout], and I felt real good. It’s encouraging.”
Fill-in rookie starter Mike Minor would remain in the rotation to start Tuesday in place of Hanson.
“I think the window for [Hanson] to pitch [Tuesday] may be getting close to closing,” Gonzalez said. “We may err on the side of caution there. I think we may give him a rehab start in the minor leagues. But that’s down the road a little bit.”
Hanson hasn’t thrown from the mound since his last start Aug. 6 at New York, where he gave up a career-high four homers and seven runs in 3-1/3 innings against the Mets to fall 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.
The right-hander had an MRI on his pitching shoulder a few days later to rule out structural damage, then got his second cortisone shot in two months for tendinitis.
It’s taken longer than expected to recover, and Hanson agreed with the decision to make a minor-league rehab start next week before coming off the DL.
“I want to get back out there as fast as I can,” he said. “But I know if I just run out there and pitch, I don’t think that’s going to help the team. So go face some hitters, feel comfortable again, then get back out there. I think that’s the best bet, especially with it being this long. I think it’s the best way to go.”
Moylan to rehab at Gwinnett
After spending four months on the disabled list recovering from back surgery, reliever Peter Moylan is losing patience and antsy to pitch again in games. He won’t have to wait much longer.
He threw batting practice Thursday for the second time this week, is set to begin a rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Gwinnett. He would likely rejoin the Braves around Sept. 1, when rosters are expanded.
The Aussie sidearmer would be eligible for the postseason roster whether he’s activated before or after an Aug. 31 deadline to set postseason rosters. Players on the DL Aug. 31 are eligible for the playoff roster.