LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Tommy Hanson’s early spring training has been all about dealing with and answering questions about a concussion, and it’s clear the Braves pitcher is getting tired of it.
Fortunately for Hanson, things could soon be back to normal.
After getting a good report when he took the ImPact concussion test for a second time since his Feb. 19 car accident, he ramped up his running and throwing Monday morning before going to a doctor in the afternoon for what he hoped would be a final clearance.
“Everything went well — ran, worked out and threw,” Hanson said after doing two sets of long-toss followed by a flat-ground throwing session. “Felt really good, really strong and no headaches. So I’m good.”
If Hanson is given the go-ahead by the doctor, he could join the Braves for his first full-on workout of spring training as soon as Tuesday and throw off the mound Tuesday or Wednesday.
“I’m excited,” said Hanson, who made only five starts after the All-Star break because of a partial rotator-cuff tear and last pitched Aug. 6. He was 10-4 with a 2.55 ERA in 17 starts before the break, then 1-3 with an 8.10 ERA in five after it as the shoulder worsened.
He smoothed out the unusual hitch in his pitching mechanics over the winter in an effort to reduce stress on his arm. Hanson hasn’t been able to try out the new delivery yet in camp because of the Grade 1 concussion he suffered when he blew out a tire and went off the road on his way to the ballpark for the opening workout of spring training.
“It seems like I haven’t pitched in a game in a long time,” he said, “so I’m definitely excited to get back out there and I’m glad everything feels really good.”