LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Tommy Hanson did some running in the outfield and played catch for about five minutes Sunday, the first time the Braves pitcher suited up and got on the field since suffering a Grade 1 concussion in a one-car accident Monday.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Hanson will probably take the ImPact concussion test Monday or Tuesday, which would be his second time taking the test since the accident. If his reflexes are back to normal, he could be cleared for full workout Tuesday.
Hanson would probably not pitch off the mound for the first time until Thursday.
“It’s like holding a thoroughbred back, he’s ready to get going,” Gonzalez said. “Which is a good sign.”
Hanson has missed a week of workouts, but the big right-hander said this weekend he believes he’ll be ready to go by Opening Day.
“It’ll only be a week off,” he said. “I was throwing 50-pitch bullpens before I came down here [to spring training], so I don’t’ think a week off is going to set me back too much.
“After I start throwing for a couple of days, I think I’ll be back where I would have been last week. Most of the time at the end of spring training, that last week is kind of extra anyway. So I don’t think it’ll be a problem. I feel like I’ll be ready.”
Hanson wrecked his Infiniti M45 on the way to Braves spring-training headquarters Monday before the first pitchers-and-catchers workout. He had no other significant injuries, only bruises. He said he had a tire blow out while rounding a curve, which sent his car careening down a small embankment into a field.
He was diagnosed with a Grade 1 concussion and did no physical activities until Friday, when he rode a stationary bike for 15 minutes and did shoulder exercises and stretching.
When he took the ImPact concussion test on Thursday, the first day he was headache-free since the concussion, his results weren’t back to normal yet when compared to the baseline exam he took three years ago.
“It’s kind of weird that I didn’t feel like my reaction times were off, but they were off,” Hanson said. “So it’s a little scary, hearing about other guys who’ve had concussions, especially in other sports … I didn’t realize concussions were as serious as they are until I got one. But I feel back to normal now, so I don’t think it’s going to be a problem.”
Hanson said it’s the first time he’s been diagnosed with a concussion, although he thinks he probably had one while snowboarding when he was 12.