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.”