Hanson ready to face opposing hitters

Vivlamore reporting from Disney. DOB resumes coverage tomorrow. Here is an early blog to get the day started. Split squad games today home against the Mets and on road against the Yankees.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Tommy Hanson just wants to put the “slower start” to spring training behind him.

The Braves right-hander will make his spring training debut Sunday against the Blue Jays. He is fully recovered from the Grade 1 concussion suffered in a one-car accident on Feb. 20 that delayed his exhibition season.

That is not the only health issue facing Hanson as he goes into a new season. He went 10-5 with a 2.44 earned run average before the All-Star break last year. However, shoulder pain that began in late May worsened. He made only five starts in the second half (1-3, 8.10) before shutting it down in August.

“I’m just excited,” Hanson said Friday morning. “It’s been a while since I’ve been in a game after missing two months last year. Obviously this year, I got off to a little bit slower start. I’m excited to get out there.”

Hanson estimates he is only a few days behind despite the missed time. He completed a final batting practice session Thursday and said “everything felt really good.”

As Hanson works on finding his command and location – the rites of spring for a pitcher – his start offers a chance to debut a new hitch-free delivery against live opposing hitters.

“I’m anxious to face hitters,” Hanson said. “It’s not the new delivery. I’ve been doing it for a while. It doesn’t feel new any more. I wouldn’t say I’m anxious to try out the new delivery. I’m anxious to got out there and pitch again.”

Here is the lineup for the home split squad game against the Mets:

1. Andrelton Simmons SS

2. Martin Prado DH

3. Brian McCann C

4. Dan Uggla 2B

5. Chipper Jones 3B

6. Eric Hinske 1B

7. Jason Heyward RF

8. Stefan Gartrell LF

9. Todd Cunningham CF

Randall Delgado P

Chipper was originally scheduled to DH but talked manager Fredi Gonzalez into playing third because he wanted the infield time. I will have a story on that a little later.

Here is the Braves lineup vs. Yankees

1. Michael Bourn CF

2. Tyler Pastornicky SS

3. Matt Diaz RF

4. Freddie Freeman 1B

5. David Ross C

6. Christian Bethancourt DH

7. Drew Sutton 2B

8. Brandon Hicks 3B

9. Jose Constanza LF

P Julio Teheran

664 comments Add your comment

CB

March 9th, 2012
9:48 am

Kevin

March 9th, 2012
9:51 am

Any word on why Pastornicky is not in the lineup with Uggla? I wonder if the Braves are starting to think that Simmons is going to win the job out of spring training?

Billy bowlegs

March 9th, 2012
9:58 am

Really? Chipper going to play!!!!!

Chris Vivlamore

March 9th, 2012
10:06 am

Kevin: That is a good question. I will ask about where the battle for starting shortstop stands.

Falkor

March 9th, 2012
10:08 am

I have yet to see Hanson’s new pitching motion but I am looking forward to it

lanier

March 9th, 2012
10:30 am

looks like the wrong game is televised

Brava

March 9th, 2012
10:37 am

Yeah, lanier, I would rather see the lineup playing against the Mets. But, that said, I’m just happy to finally see a Braves game. :)

Venice Jim

March 9th, 2012
10:38 am

Thanks, flange…

Soph

March 9th, 2012
10:40 am

VJ – blog tourney pick ‘em – join!

Venice Jim

March 9th, 2012
10:43 am

Soph – what’s the rush? Or are we picking before the pairings are announced (that would add a layer of complication that might be fun)…

I think I was 2nd last year, IIRC…

Hugo Z Hackenbush

March 9th, 2012
10:43 am

I’d rather see the development of Pastornicky, Bethancourt, Teheran, etc., than the regulars that you’ll get to see 162 times anyway. (Or in Chipper’s and McCann’s cases, about 75% of that number.)

Lew

March 9th, 2012
10:44 am

I didn’t think that there was even supposed to be a battle for short.

Soph

March 9th, 2012
10:45 am

No rush, just want to make sure you know about it and join. You can’t go wrong with UNC all the way.

B-F_52

March 9th, 2012
10:46 am

Flange 1 if you find that info on al you can send it to chipontheroad @live.com

yea he let me play that guitar on stage one night in PCB FLA Its hard to play, if your not used to it but he burns it up

Venice Jim

March 9th, 2012
10:50 am

Soph – how will you deal with the UNC/Braves TV conflict? Or, is it a mute point?

raleighbravefan

March 9th, 2012
10:50 am

Lew – Probably still too early to tell what the Braves are thinking. That said…the “company line” has been the rev all the way.

BravePack

March 9th, 2012
10:51 am

Going back to the last blog I wanted to chime in and say I’ve been to alot of ballparks and Turner Field is still my favorite and I live in Chicago. I love the look of it on the outside and to me it still looks great on the inside as well with lots of stuff for the whole family to enjoy. I always enjoy coming down there every year with the family and walking into the park early and it’s like a big party when you walk in before the game and everyone is welcoming you and having a good time. Maybe it’s just me but I wish I could live there and be a season ticket holder…maybe some day.

Lew

March 9th, 2012
10:51 am

I wonder if Pastornicky can play the outfield?

B-F_52

March 9th, 2012
10:57 am

One thing I can say about DOB’s faithful,We are an eclectic group of folks

anonymous

March 9th, 2012
10:58 am

Basically, I just see a team that is in poor shape overall. Especially the so-called heart of the starting pitching rotation. These injuries in a way are worse than a football team. I think the Braves are just NOT doing the proper conditioning, but are lazily going about relying solely on talent. This is just what I think. Would love to have them prove me wrong!

anonymous

anonymous

March 9th, 2012
11:01 am

Chipper, for example. Dude wouldn’t last 10 minutes of a Terry Harper type workout regimen!

Lew

March 9th, 2012
11:05 am

Well, considering that Hanson works out over the winter with Boras’s crowd, McCann and several others work out together with personal trainers in ATlanta, Pastornicky and Wilson worked out together on Wilson’s field , Uggla – at the very least – added more muscle and so did Freeman. Heyward worked out with both the hitting coaches and Chipper aftert losing weight and toning up and Jurrjens is experiencing no problems wearing the brace he should have worn last year and then got orthotics to solve his foot issue, I’d say the Braves are in good enough condition as is.

Of course, Hudson COULD have worked harder after they cut his abdomen open to get to his spine so theycould fuse his vertebrae……….

Soph

March 9th, 2012
11:05 am

Mute point, VJ. I can’t watch either – stuck at work. I’m trying to get this ESPN 3 thing to work on my computer here for UNC and DVRing the Bravos for later.

B-F_52

March 9th, 2012
11:06 am

neftali got hammerd by the w sox

Lew

March 9th, 2012
11:07 am

Of course, Chipper is 40 and walks miles through wooded terrain, climbs trees and then works out with the hitting instructors and Heyward…….But he’s in sh!t shape, right after all those knee surgeries.

Venice Jim

March 9th, 2012
11:10 am

Yes, conditioning – we’re the only team where anyone gets injured:

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — David Price had to leave Thursday’s game against the Tigers an inning early due to a “towel” injury that left him with a stiff neck, which he doesn’t believe to be serious.

The Rays left-hander went to the bench after finishing his second inning of work and began to dry off with a towel when the freakish incident occurred.

“I was just drying my head off in between innings after the second inning,” said Price, holding his head especially still. “It’s happened to me two times before, the towel kind of catches the back of my head and it pulls my neck forward and I just felt it a little bit in the back of my neck. I just want to be cautious with it.”

Venice Jim

March 9th, 2012
11:13 am

R.I.P. Harry Wendelstedt:

Hunter Wendelstedt
@ESPN_BBTN Sad day today for the @HHWUmpireSchool with the passing of legendary umpire Harry Wendelstedt. You will be missed Chief!!

Rick

March 9th, 2012
11:13 am

Wow that is hilarious VJ.

Also, just off the top of my head, Rickie Weeks, Corey Hart, Chris Carpenter have had injury issues so far as well as a number of other players.

flange1

March 9th, 2012
11:14 am

B F,

Email sent!

B-F_52

March 9th, 2012
11:15 am

Towel injury reminds me of Bobby Goldsboro cutting his toe on a rice crispie

B-F_52

March 9th, 2012
11:16 am

Ease

March 9th, 2012
11:17 am

It got lonely on the other blog…

Doesn’t a position “battle” indicate that there are two+ participants?

raleighbravefan

March 9th, 2012
11:19 am

VJ – It’s happened twice before…and he still does it the same way…now a third time…He’s either incredibly stupid, or incredibly stubborn (and stupid).

Rick

March 9th, 2012
11:19 am

With regards to SS, my impression is that since they know Simmons has a higher ceiling they don’t want to rush him to the majors like they are with Pastornicky. I’m curious to see how the whole thing will pan out though if Pastornicky is successful. I wonder if Uggla could move to LF and Pastornicky could play 2B.

Fish Bisch

March 9th, 2012
11:22 am

Morning people of braves blogdom.
I proclaim today victory over the Yankees day.

Soph

March 9th, 2012
11:26 am

Hi Fish. I admire your optimism.

raleighbravefan

March 9th, 2012
11:27 am

Fish – Yanks don’t own us…even our split squad week sister?

bravesgirlnc

March 9th, 2012
11:27 am

Shame that the more loaded line-up is not going to be on TV. Interesting that Chipper is batting 5th!
I was making plans for my day, but since I have MLB TV, I know where I will be at 1:05

Venice Jim

March 9th, 2012
11:28 am

Breaking news: cab did NOT outsleep me by 3 hours…

Lew

March 9th, 2012
11:30 am

I don’t know. Simmons is only 22 and has less than 200 games at A+ or lower. Not so sure he’s a viable option at this point in time no matter how good his spring performance. I’d imagine they’ll at least let him get a month or two (or more) at AA at the very least.

Mitchie-sand

March 9th, 2012
11:34 am

Is this the right blog? Ugh.

Tomahawkin

March 9th, 2012
11:37 am

The Blog has gone Split-Squad…

Final Blog Camp Breaks when the team leaves Dark Star

raleighbravefan

March 9th, 2012
11:38 am

Lew – I agree that they probably won’t rush Simmons.

raleighbravefan

March 9th, 2012
11:40 am

If Rev is a bust, it’s my guess they will go shopping for a cheap vet alternative (minor trade, waiver wire, etc.)

Hugo Z Hackenbush

March 9th, 2012
11:40 am

My day is now complete…I have read the story of the Bobby Goldsboro/Rice Krispies debacle. I’ve also learned that he recommended contact lenses to John Lennon.

Mitchie-sand

March 9th, 2012
11:42 am

Didn’t Sammy Sosa go on the DL once because of a sneeze?

Venice Jim

March 9th, 2012
11:44 am

As long as you didn’t have to listen to Honey…

Fish Bisch

March 9th, 2012
11:49 am

Anyone have espn insider? I see Buster Only has wrote a piece about the Braves’ payroll and the likelihood of McCann going somewhere else after 2013…

wondering

March 9th, 2012
11:53 am

Where the hell is DOB? First week of spring training and he takes the week off from his own blog?

Lew

March 9th, 2012
11:57 am

He worked eight straight days and probably needed to get his dry cleaning done.

Of course, DOB COULD have worked another week or two without a day off – just like you, right?

AG

March 9th, 2012
11:57 am

I do, it’s basically a retread article bringing in bits about Molina’s contract and the Braves TV contract. It breaks down our payroll, and the relative MLB rank, over the past years. It shows how our payroll has stagnated and we probably won’t be able to compete with contract offers from the AL.

wondering

March 9th, 2012
11:58 am

i work two jobs so yeah i worked two weeks straight. anything else you wanna know?

Hugo Z Hackenbush

March 9th, 2012
11:58 am

I always thought of “Honey” as a great example of the subjective appeal of music. I’m sure many people liked it, and I can’t say it was a badly-written song, but I just couldn’t listen to it.

wondering

March 9th, 2012
12:01 pm

and i’ll switch places with him any day he wants. i’ll type and write about baseball all summer long. i’ll spend everyday at the ballpark in the sun and not bitch one bit.

DS1

March 9th, 2012
12:01 pm

Did John Smoltz go on the DL when he was trying to get the wrinkles out of his shirt while wearing it?

wondering

March 9th, 2012
12:03 pm

at least not about my job, but i guess after you have been doing it for so many years it does become monotonous like any other job. i spoke out of turn. basically i like his blog writing style, and i’m ready to read something from him. i see he’ll be back tomorrow so that’s cool.

DS1

March 9th, 2012
12:04 pm

I don’t begrudge DOB any time off that he takes. And though I love my job, I’d darned sure swap jobs with him in a heartbeat! In a NY minute!

Hugo Z Hackenbush

March 9th, 2012
12:05 pm

Wondering, when you develop the skill set to handle DOB’s job, feel free to apply, and be sure to volunteer your services every day, without interruption, from now until October.

Lew

March 9th, 2012
12:05 pm

Not from you.

Tomahawkin

March 9th, 2012
12:06 pm

Damn, You guys are lucky, It seems as if 3/4’s of the blog are near a TV? I’m stuck with the Buck and Kincade Show

FML

DS1

March 9th, 2012
12:06 pm

wondering

I’m wondering how after I retire, I can get a job where I can spend my days at the ballpark. But I don’t want to be a hotdog vendor………..

cabravesfan

March 9th, 2012
12:07 pm

Also, Yankees reliever David Robertson hurt his foot – bad enough to have an MRI and crutches- while moving empty boxes out of his house…tripped on a stair:

http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/7665073/2012-spring-training-david-robertson-new-york-yankees-awaiting-word-foot-injury

Hugo Z Hackenbush

March 9th, 2012
12:07 pm

And now, I have looked up the origin of the phrase “New York minute.” I’m learning a lot today!

cabravesfan

March 9th, 2012
12:07 pm

And the only reason I got up 3 hours later than VJ is because he got up at 5:30… :)

Tomahawkin

March 9th, 2012
12:08 pm

Tom Glavine Fractured a rib while throwing up from having the flu in 1992

And I think that is correct abt Sammy “Say It Ain’t Sosa” breaking a rib while sneezing???

Lew

March 9th, 2012
12:09 pm

cab – Clint Barmes tore himself up the same way – carrying groceries upstairs and tripped. I’d be willing to bet that stairs are responsible for quite a few injuries. They sure were for me.

Venice Jim

March 9th, 2012
12:11 pm

Hugo – did you see the classic Honey House sketch from The Smothers Comedy Brothers Hour?

DS1

March 9th, 2012
12:11 pm

Stairs suck…..

cabravesfan

March 9th, 2012
12:14 pm

Lew-

Wasn’t Barmes carrying, like, a whole deer?

ncgary

March 9th, 2012
12:14 pm

what are all you job swappers gonna do when the ajc fires you for lack of readership

Venice Jim

March 9th, 2012
12:14 pm

Soph – not a bad start for your guys…

Lew

March 9th, 2012
12:15 pm

cab – I think it was a package of venison and not the whole deer – doubt he was going to skin and butcher the deer in his living room.

ncgary

March 9th, 2012
12:16 pm

wayne
can you say
“get your peanuts”

wondering

March 9th, 2012
12:17 pm

It would be nice to spend everyday at the ballpark and get paid for it.

Soph

March 9th, 2012
12:17 pm

VJ – Henson just hurt his wrist. Hope he’s okay otherwise, that would death nail on any tourney hopes.

Hugo Z Hackenbush

March 9th, 2012
12:22 pm

VJ, thanks to you I’ve spent the last eight minutes looking at that sketch on Youtube. Funny stuff. I see that ol’ Super Dave Osbourne appears in it. Wonder if he wrote it too?

Venice Jim

March 9th, 2012
12:24 pm

Back then I thought of him as Officer Judy…

Not sure if Steve Martin was still writing for them at that point – I’m sure Carl Gottlieb was…

Dutchieeee

March 9th, 2012
12:26 pm

Denizens.

Baseball is back! Been reading the last couple of months, now back to following the Braves again. For anyone looking for online solutions, check (as allways!) http://forum.wiziwig.eu/threads/70305-Streaming-MLB-Spring-Training-Friday-9-March

There’s usually an audio stream and today a videostream of the Yankees game as well.

Enjoy, go Braves and see ya later!

cabravesfan

March 9th, 2012
12:26 pm

Must have been a rather large package :)

Mitchie-sand

March 9th, 2012
12:27 pm

I remember Kevin Brown hurt himself washing his car. I don’t remember how though, I think he slipped.

Dutchieeee

March 9th, 2012
12:27 pm

Do please read the rules of that forum if you’ve never used it before. It’s done by fans, for fans, despite MLB lawsuits (which they won!!), trying to shut them down.

Lew

March 9th, 2012
12:28 pm

cab – Unless he had gone hunting down in Florida and shot one of those little Key Deer.

Lew

March 9th, 2012
12:29 pm

Who was it that cut himself with the hedge trimmer? I think either Sid Fernandez or Bob Ojeda?

cabravesfan

March 9th, 2012
12:30 pm

Lew-

Just read the story again- You were correct (of course ;) ).

cabravesfan

March 9th, 2012
12:30 pm

Today is my last day of work until Thursday! YAY!!!

BravePack

March 9th, 2012
12:32 pm

I understand many fans concern about McCann especially after the Molina deal but I personally believe he is not going anywhere no matter what so many so called experts are writing. The fact of the matter is the Braves have money coming off the books next year and I’m 99% sure an extension will happen after this season for around Uggla type money, especially if McCann has the season we all expect him to have. He’s a perrenial all-star and in my opinion the best hitting catcher in the game. He’s entering his prime, is a home-town kid playing for his favorite team, loves the Braves and is a clubhouse leader. Chipper is pretty much handing over the team to Mac and the Braves front office knows how important he is to this team and no way in he!! they let him leave and he doesn’t want to. They will give him his fair value so he and his family are set financially and he isn’t the type of player to be greedy and want more. Brian McCann isn’t going anywhere…I’d bet my left you no what on it.

Lew

March 9th, 2012
12:33 pm

cab – I’m not at all certain I could even carry a whole deer – even on flat ground, much less up stairs.

cabravesfan

March 9th, 2012
12:35 pm

Damn. Now I’m hungry :)

Tomahawkin

March 9th, 2012
12:36 pm

@Soph

John Kincade is Killing your boy Josh Smith, OUCH!

George

March 9th, 2012
12:37 pm

Soph
Your UNC doing ok so far.

VaBravesFan

March 9th, 2012
12:38 pm

Hey Everyone, got good news. Just a few days after my boss telling me were laid off, something magically popped up and we have some work! yes!

cabravesfan

March 9th, 2012
12:39 pm

VaBravesFan-

That’s awesome! Good for you :)

Braveone

March 9th, 2012
12:40 pm

From the previous blog which had 874 comments, Venice Jim led the way with 176 posts. There were 146 different poster names. Here are the Top 25:

Rank Poster Frequency

1 Venice Jim 176
2 cabravesfan 83
3 phil 52
4 Mixxo 32
5 Rick 32
6 DS1 30
7 richbrave 24
8 Soph 22
9 flange1 19
10 Tomahawkin 18
11 abeeewright 18
12 BravePack 15
13 McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô: 15
14 Just Pat 14
15 Bat Masterson 13
16 Murph 12
17 Ease 10
18 Kwajbraves 10
19 Lew 10
20 B-F_52 9
21 Tom O’Hawke 9
22 tiger297 9
23 Jeff R 8
24 Jerry 7
25 brian 7

cabravesfan

March 9th, 2012
12:41 pm

Hey- I’m catching up to VJ! Go me!!

George

March 9th, 2012
12:46 pm

VJ has been doing a great job with play by play.

Soph

March 9th, 2012
12:46 pm

So far, so good George. I’m nervous about one of their top players hurting his wrist but hopefully, he’s okay.

Soph

March 9th, 2012
12:47 pm

T’hawkin – Josh Smith demands a trade every year. They need to just do it – I’m over his childish behavior.

cabravesfan

March 9th, 2012
12:47 pm

I hope y’all will be able to get along without him for a few days…

George

March 9th, 2012
12:48 pm

A nice tribute to a day of BRAVES baseball.
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BravePack

March 9th, 2012
10:51 am
Going back to the last blog I wanted to chime in and say I’ve been to alot of ballparks and Turner Field is still my favorite and I live in Chicago. I love the look of it on the outside and to me it still looks great on the inside as well with lots of stuff for the whole family to enjoy. I always enjoy coming down there every year with the family and walking into the park early and it’s like a big party when you walk in before the game and everyone is welcoming you and having a good time. Maybe it’s just me but I wish I could live there and be a season ticket holder…maybe some day.

George

March 9th, 2012
12:50 pm

Y’all headed for VEGAS huh?

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