Lingering shoulder soreness puts Hanson on hold

Tommy Hanson said Wednesday he has no immediate plans to throw off a mound, whether or not the Braves advance into the playoffs, because of lingering soreness in his right shoulder.

Hanson was originally a candidate to pitch Wednesday against the Phillies if the Braves had clinched, but that was before he had to cut short an outing in the Instructional League because of pain in his scapula. But it is continued pain in the shoulder, Hanson said, which would prevent him from continuing to try to work back in case the Braves advance past the first round of the playoffs.

“The spot in the front where there’s tendinitis is still sore,” said Hanson, who was diagnosed with an undersurface tear in his rotator cuff but was told it wouldn’t require surgery. “It’s not getting better…. I’m just going to continue to do my shoulder strengthening stuff and continue to work it out. I’m not throwing right now and probably won’t throw until December.”

Braves general manager Frank Wren said he’s isn’t ruling out a return though.

“It obviously depends on how long we play,” Wren said. “But for me, it wasn’t a shut-down. It was a slow-down until we see if we can get him feeling better with the shoulder and then start back up again.”

11 comments Add your comment

Chop Chop

September 28th, 2011
6:57 pm

Sounds like we’re all on the same page here.

Or not.

veer

September 28th, 2011
7:04 pm

DOB what is your obsession with Hanson? No one cares about him. We are fighting for our playoff lives and here you are again going on with Hanson being ready for the playoffs. Come on Forget Hanson. He won’t make it even if we get to the post season.

bruce

September 28th, 2011
7:07 pm

veer — its called news. get over it.

JEB

September 28th, 2011
8:30 pm

Hanson needs to shut it down for the season. We need to start thinking about next season and he needs to be healthy for an entire season.

Packer Ed

September 28th, 2011
11:34 pm

Trade Hanson for a real offensive player. Is his agent Scott Boras?

Braves have no heart

September 29th, 2011
1:31 am

HANSON NOT THROWING UNTIL DECEMBER? WE ALL KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS. THAT MEANS HE WILL PROLLY STILL MISS THE START OF THE SEASON AND BE ON AND OFF THE DL ATLEAST 3 TIMES DURING 2012 BEFORE BEINGING SHUT DOWN FOR SHOULDER SURGERY IN JULY. GET THE SURGERY DONE TO REPAIR THE “MINOR” TEAR NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! P.S. THE BRAVES MAKE ME SICK. I NOW KNOW THAT WATCHING CLOSE TO 145 GAMES THIS YEAR WAS A WASTE OF TIME……I WON’T MAKE THAT MISTAKE AGAIN!

Tyler

September 29th, 2011
7:25 am

What I don’t understand is, if it was THIS bad, what was he doing out there between DL stints, claiming everything is fine? That right there could have been the difference in the season. Coulda, woulda, shoulda.

Felix Millan

September 29th, 2011
8:12 am

He needs to go ahead and have this “minor” surgery tomorrow. If not, next year will be more of the same.

BuffaloAjax

September 29th, 2011
9:08 am

Hanson is soft in the head and the heart. No one shut him down except for himself….in the middle of a pennant race. Dr. Andrews described his “injury” as normal wear and tear but no structural damage. Thank goodness we’ve got arms in the minors that are going to kick the door down on softie .500 pitchers like JJ and Hanson.

Dr. Andrews

September 29th, 2011
4:06 pm

I think he makes the big bucks!

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