Andrews calls Hanson’s shoulder problem normal wear and tear

Tommy Hanson came away from a visit with Dr. James Andrews encouraged about the state of his right shoulder and was cleared to begin rehabbing again. He’s has no timetable on a possible return, but Hanson said he could begin some light throwing in a matter of a few days.

A dye-contrasted MRI taken on Friday showed that Hanson has a small “undersurface” rotator cuff tear, which typically doesn’t require surgery. Hanson said Andrews just called it normal wear and tear for a pitcher when Hanson visited him in his Pensacola, Fla. office on Monday.

“Andrews said there are a lot of guys that are way worse off than me,” said Hanson, who was told by Braves orthopedic surgeon Xavier Duralde that 75 percent of pitchers have something similar. “Just hearing it’s normal wear and tear (that) just for whatever reason got inflamed definitely gives me some peace of mind and I’m a lot happier after seeing (Andrews) than I was over the weekend.”

Hanson last pitched on Aug. 6 against the Mets before going on the disabled list with his second bout of shoulder tendinitis this season.

With less than 30 games to go in the season, things would have to progress well for him to return, but Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said the Braves are still hopeful he might pitch again after a couple of weeks.

“I’m optimistic,” Gonzalez said. “I’d love to have Tommy after two weeks are up or 16 days or nine days or whatever it is.”

Hanson said it is something he’s going to take day-by-day and see how he progresses. Unlike his return from the DL in June, he doesn’t want to rush back and have it flare up again.

“I want to get back as soon as possible, but at the same time I’ve got to be smart and I don’t want to have another setback,” Hanson said. “I’ve got to continue to work and take it a little bit slower and try to get back as soon as I can.”

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Kobie

August 30th, 2011
6:27 pm

Very relieved, excellent news and please take your time and donot rush it.

Kobie

August 30th, 2011
6:27 pm

Sorry, First.

Dennis Reynolds

August 30th, 2011
6:30 pm

That is so awesome that Kobie is the first person to post a comment. I wonder if he/she is going to tell his/her grandchildren about this.

mudcat

August 30th, 2011
6:30 pm

As long as he’s ready for the playoffs, that’s all that counts. Good luck Tommy!

Kobie

August 30th, 2011
6:31 pm

Funny guy you are Dennis.

Dennis Reynolds

August 30th, 2011
6:38 pm

I like Braves.

supsalemgr

August 30th, 2011
6:50 pm

Another reason to keep stockpiling pitching. Only trade when they run out of time to get to the majors and its acquires bats for the Bravos.

Tomahawk

August 30th, 2011
7:14 pm

Man, I really hope he comes back. Can’t say I realistically think that’s going to happen, but there’s no reason not to wait it out.

Whitey Fjord

August 30th, 2011
7:26 pm

man up and earn your pay.

David

August 30th, 2011
7:35 pm

Goes to show, sometimes the best trades are the ones that don’t happen. There’s no such thing as too much pitching. With Lowe’s struggles, JJ’s never ending health issues, and now Hanson’s balky shoulder, Minor, Teheran and Delgado are a necessity, not a luxury. Thank goodness we held on to Minor.

panamajack

August 30th, 2011
8:22 pm

Take the rest of the year off Tommy and give B/Mack’s throwing arm a rest.

drew

August 30th, 2011
8:28 pm

ray

August 30th, 2011
9:09 pm

the good news is that Hanson’s arm is structurally okay. the bad news is he can’t get anyone out anymore.
maybe Jurgens should also visit Dr Andrews after tonight.
9/1 and the 40 man rosters can’t come fast enough.

mpimentel

August 30th, 2011
9:22 pm

I called that…luck…..but it,s an alarm for him….he needs to change his pitch mechanics

Joe

August 31st, 2011
12:21 am

Tommy Hanson being well rested for a few more weeks should make him fresh for the playoffs and that could be the decision to help us win the WS.

Rey

August 31st, 2011
5:03 am

Jurjens doesn’t need to visit Dr Andrews. He needs to see a shrink.

Willy

August 31st, 2011
6:14 am

Maybe he can help in the bullpen if he’s not ready to start.

Charlie

August 31st, 2011
8:05 am

Maybe Tommy could use JJ’s shoulder. He isn’t using it.

[...] AJC, Andrews calls Hanson’s shoulder problem normal wear and tear- This is good news. But don’t act like it’s an automatic thing that Hanson will be back. Most of the time doctors give you good news the first time. [...]

ane43

August 31st, 2011
8:57 am

Is there perhaps a problem with the Braves conditioning program or could our pitching coach not be as good as he is being praised to be?

Ben Be Brave

August 31st, 2011
9:06 am

Good news as we’ll need Hanson for the playoffs…Jurrens is pitching back down to his level a bit but he has a month to work it out…Also, he won’t have to face the Nats in the playoffs…fortunately the wild card cushion gives us a bit of flexibility to work these issues out…Go Braves…Keep the faith all!

Tom B.

August 31st, 2011
9:21 am

Fredi Gonzalez should be fired immediately. When you can’t muster your troops to play against a minor league line-up like the Nats, you have no business managing in the bigs. This team doesn’t deserve to make the playoffs if they can’t beat the Nats; they and the Braves are disgusting!

John A

August 31st, 2011
9:58 am

I have bit my tongue so many times watching Fredi manage that it gotten RAW. Enough said!!!!!!!!!!

old devil

August 31st, 2011
10:17 am

The way Tommy slings the ball with that bullwhip of an arm, it’s a wonder his arm remains attached to his shoulder at all. As a veteran of not one but two rotator cuff surgeries, I would NOT recommend them. I have never had as much continuous pain from any other malady, and I am a cancer survivor!

bruce

August 31st, 2011
5:47 pm

great news for Tommy

fuzzmeister

August 31st, 2011
6:54 pm

Let’s just start the bullpen and give all but Minor and Beachy a rest

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