CHICAGO – Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson returned to Atlanta on Thursday to have another checkup and MRI on his troublesome right shoulder
He was diagnosed with tendinitis after an Aug. 9 MRI showed no structural damage, the second MRI and shoulder-tendinitis diagnosis this season for Hanson. He had a DL stint and a cortisone shot for the ailment in June.
When asked before Thursday’s MRI if the Braves were worried, manager Fredi Gonzalez said no, that team trainers still believed it was only tendinitis.
“They think maybe we haven’t given it enough time, maybe he needs a little bit more rest,” Gonzalez said. “The test before showed nothing, just showed a little tendinitis. But sometimes you want something to happen quickly and it takes a little longer.”
The Braves had planned for Hanson to make a minor-league rehab start Saturday, but that plan was scrapped after he had next-day soreness from a mere nine-pitch mound session Monday.
“He’s a competitor and he wants to pitch,” Gonzalez said. “It just doesn’t feel right.”
Monday was the first time Hanson threw on a mound since Aug. 6, when he was rocked for a career-high four homers and seven runs in 3-1/3 innings against the Mets.
He has a 1-3 record with an 8.10 ERA and .313 opponents’ average in five starts since the All-Star break, after going 10-4 with a 2.44 ERA and .190 OA before the break.