Hanson could be cleared for full workout

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.

Hanson threw for the second day in a row Monday and could be cleared for full workouts as soon as Tuesday. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

Hanson threw for the second day in a row Monday and could be cleared for full workouts as soon as Tuesday. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

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.”

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February 27th, 2012
3:14 pm


February 27th, 2012
3:21 pm

Good to see he should be joining the team in workouts soon.


February 27th, 2012
3:30 pm

Stay healthy the whole season…

Ken Stallings

February 27th, 2012
3:46 pm


Would be nice if you could post a video of Hanson’s new pitching form.


February 27th, 2012
5:32 pm

Welcome back Tommy!!

Bravo_F 52

February 27th, 2012
6:08 pm

Is TH running 20mph in the photos or is he doing a Trojan twister add that hair looks blown back

[...] Tommy Hanson, who concussed himself crashing his car on the way to spring training, is feeling better and is ready to get back to work. [...]

Lee in S GA

February 28th, 2012
5:29 am

Think he will be the front runner to take over the ace spot, if not this season then next.


February 28th, 2012
9:34 am

I hope Hanson’s new windup looks better than his hair. I don’t mind long hair and usually don’t comment on players’ appearance but that hair is ridiculous looking when his hat is off. It should be making the rounds on twitter before the Chipper photo.

[...] Hanson Recovering Well from Concussion The results from Atlanta right-hander Tommy Hanson‘s second ImPact concussion test are promising, reports David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Hanson suffered a concussion as the result of a minor-ish February 19th auto accident, but is reporting no headaches or other concussion-type symptoms and could return to camp as soon as today. [...]

Frank Drackman

February 29th, 2012
8:39 am

Hanson looks like a chubbier Kurt Cobain

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