Hanson says he will be ready

VIERA, Fla. – Tommy Hanson says he will be ready for the start of the season – no reason for concern there.

The right-hander made is third exhibition appearance, and second start, Wednesday after missing the end of last season with a small rotator cuff tear and the start of spring training with a concussion after a February car accident.

Hanson pitched four innings, allowing just one hit and one unearned run against the Nationals at Space Coast Stadium. He did not get a decision as he walked one and hit two batters. He struck out two, throwing 68 pitches (39  strikes).

“I think I will be ready as soon as the season starts,” Hanson said of starting against either the Mets or Astros, the Braves’ opening two series. “Whatever game [manager] Fredi [Gonzalez] wants to put me in.”

Hanson said the only issues he had Wednesday – while working on his new hitch-free delivery – were with his leg-kick with a runner on second and the release point on his curveball. He hit the two batters on curves.

“I’m figuring out what I need to work on,” Hanson said. “Each time there are one or two things that pop up that I need to work on. I don’t feel overwhelmed.”

Hanson was perfect through the first two innings, getting five fly balls. He needed only 21 pitches.

Catcher Brian McCann said Hanson’s slider was “great” and complimented his change-up and fastball location. The curveball will come, he said. Hanson called it an “easy fix.”

Add McCann to the list of those who believe there will be no issues for Hanson once the regular season arrives.

“Just talking to him, he feels good going into his last couple of starts,” McCann said. “I think he has two or three more before we get out of here and just by talking to him and his voice I think he is coming along really well.”

Gonzalez said he has yet to determine his exact starting rotation, but hoped to have it set in the next week.

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March 21st, 2012
4:11 pm

man man man man….

Play ball?


March 21st, 2012
4:13 pm


Good to hear.


March 21st, 2012
4:17 pm

Move him up my fantasy ranking list?


March 21st, 2012
4:22 pm

Well hopefully we will not be forced to watch JJ on opening day. I am not saying JJ can’t get it together at some point, just don’t think it will be by opening day.

Good signs from Tommy

DE Braves Fan

March 21st, 2012
4:25 pm

Good to see Hanson turning it around after a fairly rough first 2 starts. Now JJ just need to do it. He seems upset about it and I feel he will. For those talking about how it makes no sense that JJ has not had any knee issues recently but he is focusing on his knee and isnt completely confident in it. It happens with every athlete. When they have a knee injury they are a little hesitant initially. Sometimes to a fault and then end up injurying the other knee.


March 21st, 2012
4:37 pm

Good for Hanson. He is getting there. Also, its good to not have seen any negative comments about the Braves on this blog so far.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

March 21st, 2012
4:40 pm

I predict higher beer prices at the Ted and a breakout season for Hanson.

Bill Malone

March 21st, 2012
4:41 pm

DE Braves Fan – I agree with you about JJ. He’ll have to build mental confidence in his knee before everything else falls into place. Many athletes return from an injury and over-compensate by putting more stress on another part of their body and cause a new injury. Dizzy Dean did it back in the old days after being struck on the foot by a line drive while pitching. He over-compensated for his ailing foot and tried to throw harder thereby injuring his arm and effectively ending his career.


March 21st, 2012
5:36 pm

PREDICTION; Nate McClouth wins NL MVP and D. Lowe wins AL Cy Young, Braves kind of luck.


March 21st, 2012
5:40 pm

Let JJ get it togather either from the bullpen or Gwinnette.


March 21st, 2012
5:42 pm

I don’t worry so much about pitchers having a bad spring – they are trying to tweak things and experiment. But Heyward and Freeman’s offensive struggles are an ominous sign. You should be able to hit ST pitching for effs sake.


March 21st, 2012
5:44 pm

And it seems kind of absurd to assume that it’s just all our players can’t hit – I mean that is just not a good explanation. It seems obvious that the approach is badly broken. I’m not sure who keeps telling these guys to try and run up the count and draw walks, but the way they continuously drone on about that approach on Braves radio makes me think that’s exactly what these guys are being told. Someone is making it too complicated.

Correct approach: see a good pitch, hit it a mile.


March 21st, 2012
5:48 pm

What I hope is that the Braves have been instructed to give less than 100% effort in an attempt to stay as healthy as possible for a quick start out of the gate. I’ve never been one to put much stock into ST performance, but generally speaking, it’s the pitchers who should be struggling, and our hitters should be hitting more effectively than they would in the season. It is troubling.


March 21st, 2012
6:11 pm

Just woundering can the Braves DH the Owl sittin atop the outfeild pole….May try an bring the Owl withem when they go north,might bringem some luck..!! Now thats whats i call a BRAVE Owl..


March 21st, 2012
7:03 pm

Hanson looked great today, 4 IN 0 ER.

Pastornicky came up big today, but is it enough? More on thate here: http://braveslog.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/pastornicky-and-simmons-battle-for-starting-spot/


March 22nd, 2012
2:00 pm

Braves have more wins this spring than both the Rays and Rangers. You don’t hear anyone dogging them but they dog the Braves. Makes sense NOT!


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