Vivlamore reporting from Viera, Florida where the Braves take on the Nationals in a 1:05 p.m. start.
Tommy Hanson will make his third appearance of the spring, after having the start of his spring delayed by a concussion. He is 1-0 with a 6.00 ERA, after working three innings against the Astros Friday. The right-hander had his initial appearance cut short by rain after only one inning. Hanson, who is working on a new hitch-free delivery, is scheduled to pitch four innings today, although manager Fredi Gonzalez said before the game he could go five innings if he has a low pitch count.
Last season Hanson went 10-4 with a 2.44 ERA and .190 opponents’ average in 17 starts before the All-Star break. Then the shoulder went from merely nagging to aching, and he was 1-3 with an 8.10 ERA in five starts after the break.
He didn’t pitch again after Aug. 6 after being diagnosed with a small rotator cuff tear.
UPDATE: Hanson pitched four innings. He have up one hit, one unearned run and one walk. He struck out two and hit two batters. He threw 68 pitches, 39 for strikes.
Hanson will be followed by LH Yohan Flande, RH Anthony Varvaro, RH Adam Russell and RH Jairo Asensio.
Left-hander John Lannan will start for the Nationals.
1. Michael Bourn, CF
2. Andrelton Simmons, SS
3. Brian McCann, C
4. Dan Uggla, 2B
5. Freddie Freeman, 1B
6. Jason Heyward, RF
7. Jordan Parraz, LF
8. Drew Sutton, 3B
9. Tommy Hanson, P
UP NEXT: The Braves will host the Marlins tomorrow at Disney. Brandon Beachy will start. He will be followed by RH Eric O’Flaherty, RH Cory Gearrin, RH Jairo Asencio and LH Dusty Hughes.
ODDITY: Sitting atop the lights in right-center field at Space Coast Stadium is a special spectator. A great horned owl has made a nest on the light pole. Officials can not do anything about the bird because it is federally protected.
LEAD OFF LUNCHEON: Fans can enjoy lunch alongside current Braves players, coaches, alumni and executives as the team celebrates the start of the 2012 campaign with the Lead Off Luncheon on Tuesday, April 17th at the 755 Club at Turner Field. There will be a moderated Q & A session with several Braves. A limited number of individual tickets are available for $100 and tables for 10 begin at $750. Fans can call 404-494-1020 to purchase tickets and request more information.