LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Tommy Hanson has a Grade 1 concussion from a one-car accident he was in Monday morning, and the Braves pitcher could miss a few more days of workouts.
Grade 1 is the least serious of three grades of concussions.
“We’re going to sit him out for 48 hours and then bring him back gradually,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “He’ll be here after the 48 hours and then maybe ride the bike for a little bit [first day back]. He might not be on the field for a couple of days after that.”
Hanson, 25, wrecked his car while driving to the Braves’ spring-training headquarters before the team’s first workout Monday. The 6-foot-6 Californian told team officials he blew a tire and went off the road while rounding a curve.
It was unclear if he hit a curb or was distracted, but Braves officials said there was no reason to suspect alcohol or any other illegal substances were involved.
No other vehicles were involved and there apparently was no police involvement or incident report filed. Hanson had the car towed to a local dealership and made it to training camp in time for a 9:30 a.m. team meeting prior to the opening workout.
When he didn’t feel well after the meeting, he was examined by Braves trainers and then taken to see an Orlando specialist, who diagnosed the concussion. Hanson was back at the doctor’s office for a follow-up exam Tuesday when Gonzalez addressed the media.
Hanson was spotted in the clubhouse earlier Tuesday, but didn’t talk to reporters and left with a trainer to return to see the doctor who diagnosed the concussion Monday.
Gonzalez said that missing several workouts at the beginning of camp should not put Hanson behind other pitchers.
“I don’t think so, because he was throwing at the stadium [before spring training],” the manager said, referring to the Braves’ early pitching camp at Turner Field in the first two weeks of February. “He threw three or four times at the stadium.”
Hanson or Jair Jurrjens seems likely to start opening day in place of veteran Tim Hudson, who’s recovering from back surgery and could miss all of April.
Symptoms of Grade 1 concussions include a relatively brief period of memory loss, headaches and confusion, but not unconsciousness.
Hanson told Braves officials he didn’t remember if he hit his head in the accident. He had no other injuries, cuts or contusions, Braves officials said.