Hanson (concussion) likely out through weekend

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson rode a stationary bike for about 10 minutes Friday, his first physical activity since suffering a Grade 1 concussion in a one-car accident Monday.

Hanson, who was headache-free Thursday for the first time since the accident, might take the ImPACT concussion exam again this weekend to see if results match his baseline test three years ago. When they do, he could be cleared for baseball activities.

Hanson took the exam on Thursday for the first time since the accident.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Hanson might be ready to suit up and do light throwing on the field Monday, if he keeps progressing. The manager doesn’t think Hanson will be much behind other Braves pitchers if he only misses a week this early in camp.

Sunday will mark a full week of workouts missed by the right-hander. Braves pitchers and catchers began workouts Monday, and the first full-squad workout is Saturday.

Entering spring training, Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson were the leading candidates to start on Opening Day because Tim Hudson is recovering from back surgery and expected to miss most or all of April.

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February 24th, 2012
5:26 pm

No way, never been near first!! Don’t have anything to say, but had to take a shot at #1.
Go Braves!!!


February 24th, 2012
5:53 pm

kool$kat, I guess you can scratch that off your bucket list. DOB, couldn’t you put everything in one post? I’ve got so many tabs open I can’t read what they are.

David O'Brien

February 24th, 2012
7:25 pm

DOB, couldn’t you put everything in one post? I’ve got so many tabs open I can’t read what they are. — 1eyedJack

Poor guy


February 24th, 2012
10:16 pm

Networks Hype Rising Gas Prices 4 Times More for Bush, Than Obama
Gas prices mentioned in 97 stories in one month of 2008 coverage, compared to just 21 in 2012.

Rising gas prices used to be big news, but not so these days. Although the national average climbed to $3.56 on Feb. 20, setting a February record after going up nearly a month straight, there was far less coverage than in 2008. Broadcast networks repeatedly covered the rise under the Bush presidency. Gas prices bounced around eventually reaching $3.56-a-gallon on April 24, 2008.

The Business and Media Institute analyzed broadcast network news references to gas or fuel prices between Jan. 20 and Feb. 20, 2012 and from March 24 and April 24, 2008. BMI found that in the 2008 period there were more than 4 times as many gas prices stories, news briefs or news headlines on ABC, CBS and NBC as there were in 2012 (97 to 21).

Coverage during the time periods differed not only in quantity, but in tone as well. During Bush’s tenure, gas prices were a huge economic threat and cause of suffering. The networks also used the high gas prices to attack the administration. In 2012, the networks aired mostly matter-of-fact stories on the rising gas prices, and worried primarily that they would hinder the economic recovery, not that they are making people suffer.

Dismal broadcast network reports about “skyrocketing” gas prices filled the newscasts in 2008. There were reports about businesses closing, airlines struggling and truckers protesting — all because of the high prices. One ABC report said families were facing the “tough choice” between food or fuel. Others said that “wallets were running on empty” and consumers were told over and over that there was no relief in sight. But by the end of November 2008, prices had collapsed to $1.82.

The networks weren’t simply reporting the painfully high gas prices in early 2008 though, in many cases they were exaggerating them. NBC’s “Today” focused on Redwood City, Calif. on March 6 where regular gasoline cost $3.99, according to the photograph NBC aired. The national average for gas that day was $3.19 a gallon. Ann Curry also failed to tell viewers that California has the highest state gasoline tax in the nation, a whopping 45.5 cents a gallon at that time.

On gasoline specifically, reporters have routinely showed photos of extreme pump prices despite lower national averages. The Business and Media Institute documented this trend in 2007, 2006 and 2005.

But now, in 2012, gas prices stories are very different. “[W]e’re seeing gas prices creep up every single week,” said one ABC reporter after delivering a positive economic report about the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing in on 13,000 for the first time since 2008. One CBS story just pointed out that if certain steps are taking against Iran, gas prices everywhere could move sharply higher.

Although the time periods BMI analyzed were the same length and ended with the same national average price for gasoline, due to price fluctuations they were not identical. In 2008, prices rose from $3.26 to $3.56 in the month we examined. In 2012, prices were already higher ($3.38 on Jan. 20).


February 24th, 2012
10:52 pm

Thank you, Truth, for that riveting gas price discussion.

Here’s a better idea….

Get a life!

And Fire FG!


February 24th, 2012
10:53 pm

Hack Wilson and Hack Hanson already on the shelf….

Gonna be a long year.


February 25th, 2012
6:46 am

DOB: Why a no blog story on Jason Heyward? Just curious.

David O'Brien

February 25th, 2012
6:49 am

DOB: Why a no blog story on Jason Heyward? Just curious. — Stinger2

Because the newpaper’s current policy is to not post game stories and feature stories as blogs.

For those who might have missed it, here’s Heyward story posted last night:



February 25th, 2012
7:41 am

Hey Truth—-this is a Braves blog. I think you were looking for Fox “news.” Hanson should be good and I think he will get the start on opening day.


February 25th, 2012
8:33 am

Truth just wanted all to know how much gas will cost for the Brave’s bonfire…

Longtime Braves Fan

February 25th, 2012
9:29 am

Hanson wreck, Ugglas biceps, Bournes contract, Chipper is sunburn and fat, who will be the fifth starter, will Heyward get his swing right again, can the Braves forget about last years collapse….lets see an article and some talk of what could be a breakout year for Freddie Freeman. Haven’t seen or heard anything on him yet…


February 25th, 2012
10:12 am

Bro wright714@ 7:41..u meant msnbc new!

Truth just baseball please.


February 25th, 2012
10:20 am

Truth, Go Away!

I am worried about this team. Hanson and Jair could be hurt at any moment. Huddy won’t be back until May or June (I had the same surgery and i can promise he is in pain) Every time a ball is hit to 3rd base and he has to move left or right I cringe and close my eyes until the broadcaster announces the next hitter is up without mentioning “Chipper grabbed (insert here) on that last play”. Heyward is a basket case. Calling Dr. Lewelynn, Calling Dr. Lewelynn …….this young man needs help! Plus, he needs a mentor to help him out. I am thrilled Alex Gonzalez is gone. Too much tude for me thanks…..he was no better than Escobar just older. Speaking of Gonzalez…………he needs to stop walking around with his eyes wide open like he is surprised at what just happened. He needs to learn how to squint and look pissed. How about stepping between a ballplayer and the man in Blue. Did he ever do this at all last year? I know I saw BMac staring into the dugout waiting for him to come out. Oh and stop chewing gum……

I hope some professionalism emerges very soon.

I NEED HELP FROM A LONG TIME BRAVES FAN……..What was the name of the Braves outfielder who broke his leg when he caught his cleats in the chain link fence thus ending his career. LH hitter with promise in his Rookie or 2nd year with the team. He was a white ballplayer. I remember Pete and Skip in silence as he was carried off on a stretcher. Anyone remember this ballplayers name??

Longtime Braves Fan

February 25th, 2012
11:03 am

Only Brave I remember breaking his leg was Ron Gant but I think that was a motorcycle accident.

Lil Red

February 25th, 2012
11:27 am

Damon Berryhill broke his leg but he was a catcher.


February 25th, 2012
12:13 pm

Lil Red,

Wrong Braves Catcher…

Gregory William Olson (born September 6, 1960 in Marshall, Minnesota) is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played with the Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves from 1989 to 1993. Olson was selected to the National League All-Star team in 1990 and appeared in the 1991 World Series with the Braves.

In 1992, Olson was having a career year until a collision with Ken Caminiti of the Houston Astros broke his right leg. Olson played one more year for Atlanta before being released in the off season to make room for rising prospect Javy López.

Olson signed with the New York Mets for the 1994 season but was released following spring training, leading to his retirement.


February 25th, 2012
12:27 pm

It was Brian Asselstine.


February 25th, 2012
4:30 pm

Ding ding ding ding……..Jim, that is him!! It was painful to watch. In those days they had class not to show replays.

Lil Red

February 25th, 2012
5:13 pm

@Larry. You’re right, read the article and put wrong catcher’s name in. Thanks.

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