Notes: Hanson to pitch on day off; Teheran’s sore arm

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — While other Braves enjoy a day off Monday, Tommy Hanson will pitch five innings in a minor league game at the team’s Wide World of Sports spring training complex.

It’s the only off day on the Braves’ Grapefruit League schedule, but it’s also Hanson’s regular day to pitch and the Braves wanted to keep him and the rest of their starters on schedule.

Hanson allowed one hit, one unearned run and one walk in four innings Wednesday against Washington, only his second official start of spring. He missed the first 10 days of camp recovering from a concussion and was rained out in the second inning of his first start.

Hanson will get one more start Saturday and would be an option for April 5 regular-season opener at New York, if the Braves decided to go with someone other than Jair Jurrjens. While Jurrjens struggled mightily through four starts, he was impressive in a six-inning stint Sunday against a split-squad Houston lineup, allowing three hits and one run with one walk and seven strikeouts.

Jack Wilson plans to join Hanson and play all nine innings in what’s expected to be the veteran infielder’s last minor league game before he joins the major league Braves on Tuesday. Wilson was out for a month recovering from a strained calf muscle, which he injured during a conditioning drill a few days before reporting to camp.

Wilson rested Sunday after playing three consecutive minor league games, his first game action of the spring. Braves general manager Frank Wren said Saturday that Wilson would be on the Braves’ opening day roster.

The team wants the former standout shortstop on the roster as a backup to Tyler Pastornicky or Andrelton Simmons, who are battling for the starting shortstop job. Pastornicky has no big-league experience and Simmons hasn’t played above Class A in the minors.

Teheran’s sore arm

Julio Teheran had soreness in his pitching arm after the prized prospect last game March 19, but the Braves don’t think it’s anything serious and have him scheduled to start Friday in a split-squad game against Houston.

The Braves didn’t say anything about the soreness until Saturday, a day after Teheran threw a 25-pitch side session at camp instead of pitching in a minor league game or against Toronto in the Braves’ Grapefruit League game. His ailment was described as general arm soreness rather than specific shoulder or elbow discomfort.

He threw Saturday at about 75-percent effort to test his arm and reported no difficulties. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Teheran would throw a longer bullpen at full effort Tuesday before his next game appearance Friday.

Teheran, 21, is competing with fellow prospect Randall Delgado for the final opening in the Braves rotation, a fill-in spot until Tim Hudson’s expected return from back surgery in late April or early May. Teheran and Delgado have struggled mightily at times this spring, but have also had spurts where they’ve displayed considerable talent.

Delgado was thought to have an edge in the competition before Saturday, when he gave up 10 hits and eight runs (five earned) in four innings against the Blue Jays to raise his ERA to 7.94 in five games (four starts).

Teheran has a 9.00 ERA in four games (two starts) and has allowed 19 hits, 13 runs and nine homers in 13 innings, with six walks and 10 strikeouts. Six of homers came in his two-inning spring debut against Detroit on a blustery day March 4.

Wren reiterated last week that the team plans to use versatile Kris Medlen in the bullpen rather than the starting rotation. Medlen has a 1.13 ERA in three games (two starts) this spring.

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Justin

March 25th, 2012
3:34 pm

Let the rants begin…

Puma

March 25th, 2012
3:39 pm

My “prediction” if you want to call it that is that neither Teheran or Delgado start the season with Braves and that Medlin starts the games before Huddy comes back…how many games would it actually be with off days, etc.? 2-3?

B-F_52

March 25th, 2012
3:41 pm

Let the raves commence

LowCountry XPlant

March 25th, 2012
3:48 pm

I agree with Puma. Sometimes you have to change your plans. IMHO, Medlin should get the starts until Hudson comes back. We don’t need to come out of the gates slowly.

Ralph

March 25th, 2012
3:51 pm

Excellent game today for Braves, 11-1 over Houston, just wish they could do that against someone besides the Astros.

Steve

March 25th, 2012
3:52 pm

I don’t think we need to worry about the Braves starting slowly. Three against NY and then three against Houston? Atlanta should be 5-1 after those 6 games. Then we get Milw who is not the same team and NY again. Could easily be a 9-3 or 10-2 start.

Ralph

March 25th, 2012
3:54 pm

Steve

Would you pass me the kool-aid please.

Ralph

March 25th, 2012
3:54 pm

Steve

Would you pass me the kool-aid please.

moboman

March 25th, 2012
3:59 pm

Not pitching Medlen as a starter is one of those “ignore the obvious choices” choices that gets you down 5 games in the standings before you realize what happened.

Joe

March 25th, 2012
4:01 pm

SI projects this team to finish 4th in the NL East with a 82-80 record. That might be a little generous concerning the record with all the question marks we have in the lineup. RF,SS,LF with Prado shifting to third, and starting pitching all seem to be in question at this point. I think they probably finish about 77-85.

GOP Cannon

March 25th, 2012
4:06 pm

Sure Steve, how about we not loose any games at all in April? Wow, that kool-aid is tasty!

PR Braves Fan

March 25th, 2012
4:13 pm

I agree with moboman, It`s going to be just 2 starts then when Huddy come back send him to the bullpen.

SSIgator

March 25th, 2012
4:22 pm

Steve -

See what happens when you start drinking the Kool-Aid that Mark Richt made famous? Next thing you will say is that UGA will win the NC in football this year and the Braves will win the World Series. I guess as long as you are at it, the Falcons will win the Super Bowl and the Hawks will be NBA champs.

Joe Smoe

March 25th, 2012
4:33 pm

Joe could you please not post on here anymore. SI has no damn clue how to even begin projecting and you surely don’t after that. But I do agree that Medlen should start in the rotation.

mark

March 25th, 2012
4:40 pm

Steve you need to get real about this club at best it is a middle of the pack offense and an average to above average pitching. Stuck with the worst manager in the game and a front office that is ineffective lead by ownership that could care less. This club will do good to finish .500 this year. Have fun with the 15k at turner this year. A once proud ownership with agressive management is long gone thanks liberty media.

ncbravesfan

March 25th, 2012
4:47 pm

Hope springs eternal for only 29 of the 30 MLB clubs, I guess. Wow, I hope all of you gloomy gusses that think we can’t even compete with the likes of the Mets and Astros aren’t planning on posting here all year long.

scbravefan

March 25th, 2012
4:50 pm

i seen today game from 5th on. glad see them hitting again. i still put them in 4th by end season. sure hope something good happens so i can change that.

Sipping the Kool-Aid of Sarcasm

March 25th, 2012
4:50 pm

Yeah, Steve, stop being such an obvious FAN, why dontcha? You’re clearly biased towards the Braves for some weird reason, and you need to knock it off immediately. We expect more objective professionalism from our commenters around these parts, or, failing that, a good, clean argument about who was first.

Now don’t let it happen again.

reckingball

March 25th, 2012
4:52 pm

ncbf @4:47pm…..”posting here all year long.” Yes they will be posting everytime the Braves lose. When the Braves win, not so much.

reckingball

March 25th, 2012
4:54 pm

I am just thankful that most of the commenters on these blogs, were not in our Armed Forces during WW2.

Mister Frisky

March 25th, 2012
4:55 pm

Nothing like a split squad Astro team to lend hope to the myopics.

Bob Didier

March 25th, 2012
5:01 pm

I predict both Delgado and Teheran begin the season in Gwinnett. Looks like Flande, Gearin, Martinez, Asencio, O’Flahery, Medlen, Venters, and Kimbrel in the pen.

Samantha

March 25th, 2012
5:01 pm

Mr Frisky Is it Ok if I come to this blog. I got run off of another for having fun. I know you no my condition so maybe you wont hurt my feelings.

Disgusted

March 25th, 2012
5:02 pm

First Vizcaino and now Teheran.

Just goes to show that you don’t win games with scouting reports.

This team is going further and further down the toilet. And September of 2011 is not forgiven and it should never be.

mark

March 25th, 2012
5:05 pm

Yeah a fan of the worst manager of the game and ownership that looks at the club on the balance sheet. I can’t wait to be a fan of a do nothing team where finishing out of the playoffs is saluted with a tip of the cap. Go team!

Bob Didier

March 25th, 2012
5:12 pm

Actually, Braves are a better team than broke camp a year ago. “They are rid of Lowe; bullpen is better without the fat guy and Linebrink; we have Bourn in CF; Durango or Costnaza beter than Young; Wilson better than Hicks. And, we have Medlen back.
Yes, managing is horrible but it was horrible last year. We need Hewyard and Uggla to hit for average and we will be ok.

Mister Frisky

March 25th, 2012
5:13 pm

Samantha,Hope you are feeling better today.Don’t let your fellow bloggers scare you away.The 1st amendment is alive and well.

Samantha

March 25th, 2012
5:15 pm

Thank you Frisky, Better but still hurting.

Bob Didier

March 25th, 2012
5:16 pm

Looks like Gwinnett will have one of best starting staffs around: Hudson, Teheran, Delgado, Cordier, and Redmond.

Marty Perez

March 25th, 2012
5:20 pm

Jurrgens stock went up with today’s performance. Tradee him for a hitter while he us hot. 3B or OF.

Samantha

March 25th, 2012
5:31 pm

Frisky got to take pain pill and it will put me to sleep. Thanks catch up to you later down the line.

Jay DUbu

March 25th, 2012
5:51 pm

What’s the reluctance of the Braves braintrust to have Medlen in th absence of Hudson?

Largo

March 25th, 2012
5:54 pm

Don’t get too high over this win. After all, it was the Astros split squad.

reckingball

March 25th, 2012
6:00 pm

Yeah, this win wasn’t good enough, because it was the Astros.
I would rather that the Braves lose, than beat the Astros.

DDawg10

March 25th, 2012
6:19 pm

C Medlen pitched great before his injury last year as a starter. Why move him to the bullpen when he has had success in the show as a starter. Wren please wake up and show you do know something about baseball. Stand pat this past off season and keeping Chipper in the lineup as the starting 3rd basemen. I saw how much Chipper’s seing has slowed down and how much sooner he has to start his swing last year. He is not a major league hitter any more. Please help this team win.

JNick

March 25th, 2012
6:40 pm

Bob, Braves won’t carry an 8 man bullpen. Flande has pretty much no chance of making the club, unless there’s an injury. Huddy won’t be in AAA long, if he’s even there. They’ll pitch him with whatever team is playing closest at that time…

JNick

March 25th, 2012
6:44 pm

DDawg, you should take notice to Chipper’s 2nd half stats last year….
.303 average, .895 OPS, 10HR in just 165ABs….not a ML hitter any more huh?

stevie

March 25th, 2012
6:55 pm

More sore arms, more injuries and a front office that sits on its collective tail end and does nothing. Can we please get new ownership next year? I’m tired of this large market team being treated like a minor league club… what a joke. 79-83 if we are lucky.

1eyedJack

March 25th, 2012
7:23 pm

As of right now the Braves are 0-0.

Bob Hazel

March 25th, 2012
7:46 pm

Actually, JNick, Flande has an excellent chance to be on the opening day ML lineup. Won’t need a 5th starter for a while, and with Venters arm hurting some, expect a 3rd Lefty in the pen. ERA is 0.00 so yes, expect Flande to be on the roster unless there us a trade,

One would expect both Teheran and Delgado to open in “Gwinnett until a 5th starter is needed.

REAGAN2012

March 25th, 2012
8:20 pm

TEHERAN ALEDY IS HURT? AND THERE GONE TO LET HIM FINE A WAY TO HAVE A TOMY JOHN SURGARY NEXT? I AM ALWAYS WORRY ABOUT BRAVES PITCHERS ARMS HAVING SORENESS AND IT IS ONLY SPRING TRAINING. TEHERAN IS POSED TO BE OUR FUTURE WE CAN AFFORD HIM TO BE TERAING UP HIS PRICELESS ARM COME ON FREDDIE

Nelson

March 25th, 2012
8:25 pm

Hey Joe: I don’t think the Braves will be in the Play off, unless they make a good move and bring a good righty bat, but they are not so bad either. I Belive the are going to win around 85 games!!!

Nelson

March 25th, 2012
8:25 pm

Hey Joe: I don’t think the Braves will be in the Play off, unless they make a good move and bring a good righty bat, but they are not so bad either. I Belive the are going to win around 85 games!!!

Nelson

March 25th, 2012
8:30 pm

JNick: That was before he lost the ball on the lights here in Miami, tell me what he did after that?

Ralph

March 25th, 2012
8:59 pm

REAGAN2012
March 25th, 2012
8:20 pm

Seems I read that Teheran has soreness between the elbo and shoulder, doesn’t sound serious to me.

smallmouth6

March 25th, 2012
9:36 pm

Medlen and Constanza–two peas in a pod.

GOP Cannon

March 25th, 2012
10:01 pm

There is obviously a problem with the chemistry/ leadership of the team… in Spring Training, we are playing EXACTALY the same as we did in September (no hitting, and a spotty starting rotation).

Last September’s collapse was the worst thing that I have ever witnessed in the history of sports. All I want is to see something different… this Spring has shown me that nothing has changed.

No matter what happens I will be there on opening day rooting our team on. I am just sad that ownership did NOTHING to make our team better after last years embarassment.

least of the east

March 25th, 2012
10:27 pm

season hasn’t started and so many guys with ailments already. they’ll hang in there until June maybe.
the team has an inadequate OF, SS, GM, RH hitters, owner and manager.
other than that, they are fine.
when do WS tickets go on sale ?

JNick

March 25th, 2012
10:58 pm

Nelson, those were his 2nd half stats. One play does not make/break an entire season. But, go ahead and keep being short sighted and blame Chipper for everything…you’re just like the rest of the haters on here…

Bob, Flande seems to walk an awful lot of guys. I’d say it’s between him and Dusty Hughes. Kinda surprised Robert Fish hasn’t pitched more, but maybe he’s injured…? Rule V pick…

Sheridan Anderson

March 25th, 2012
11:20 pm

And now they don’t have much choice but to keep him in the pen with the injury to Vizcaino. Jurrjens finally looking good on the mound. He’s only given up 1-hit through 5 innings and has 2 hits with the bat himself. Pastornicky looking better with every game. Freeman, McCann and Uggla with homeruns. Uggla now with 6 spring homeruns. Really making my prediction for him to win the MVP this season look good so far.
Also one side note. Brian McCann is wearing a hockey style mask to catch today. He’s never worn a hockey style mask before. Wonder what is going on there? http://bit.ly/GDYGvu

JNick

March 25th, 2012
11:38 pm

“Him” who?

Jomer

March 26th, 2012
12:46 am

I don’t understand why Medlen “has to” be in the bullpen. It would seem to me that he is already the spot starter, which is exactly what is open right now.
Ooh, on a tangent, and this is going to sound weird: I am excited that Huddy is missing a month. We don’t need him in April. I kind of wish some bullpen arms would not pitch in April. Yeah yeah, every game counts the same…which is why the overpitched staff sucked in Sept…
Finally, I like Heyward’s new swing. has anybody else watched him this spring? i really feel like his average is so low b/c he is learning his new swing, he has hit the ball HARD, which is something he didn’t do at all last year. I feel like in June or later, he could easily be NL player of the month…just a feeling…

JNick

March 26th, 2012
1:14 am

@Jomer, that’s why I was in favor of a 6 man rotation when Hudson gets back…Huddy, Hanson, Jurrjens, Beachy, Minor and Medlen…they pitch that way in Japan. Each starter makes less starts overall, but pitches more innings per start. Been talk of a few teams at least considering it…

Bobbybrave

March 26th, 2012
2:39 am

saw the braves play friday…prado looks like above 300 hitter this year and i agree uggla for mvp….the east is wide open this year…the phillies have lots of questions with offense, but still have great starters .stay around 500 until huddy and chipper get back….i still take chipper in any clutch at bat this year…give him credit for trying to play one last year…he sure does not need the money…this team is better coming out of spring this year than they were 2011…go braves

TennesseePaul

March 26th, 2012
8:37 am

Wren reiterated last week that the team plans to [limit the versatility of] Kris Medlen

JoeyBagOBravo

March 26th, 2012
9:20 am

What’s better for the team while Huddy is out?… more innings of Medlen (as a starter) or more innings of Delgado or Teheran? Christian Martinez held down the “long inning” ship ALL SEASON last year. I think he could do it for a few weeks this season. The rookies obviously need to get straightened out in the minors.

Stevie

March 26th, 2012
12:26 pm

This sorry excuse for a team will be eliminated by August. Chipper will be in a wheelchair by July 4th and the team will be in dead last. Jurjenns is done and the rookies are not as good as the team claims. Heyward is another Francoeur and McCann is probably never going to hit again. I think the Mets will be a better ball club.

BrandonLee49

March 26th, 2012
1:04 pm

Put Delgado and Minor up for the starts Hudson, Misses, and After BACK-Surgery, this ain’t no Sprain he’s recovering from… Let Minor or Delgado either Show what they’ve got or Stop Protecting them in the Minors for Literally No reason.

BrandonLee49

March 26th, 2012
1:10 pm

Let’s do some serious evaluations on Pitching Prospects here, while there is no impact yet on the Season… Teheran’s arm Has to get get better, i don’t mean soreness, i mean from Tossing Batting Practice, and either Minor or Delgado Steps Up, or Down.. Trade-Bait if they don’t perform.. Braves cannot afford to Protect Prima-donna’s who Don’t get the Job Done.

Martini & Rossy

March 26th, 2012
1:45 pm

any of that kool aide left?
say yeah….

Samantha

March 26th, 2012
1:52 pm

Good afternoon everyone

Eddie Matthews' Ghost

March 26th, 2012
1:59 pm

Man, what is up with the Braves and all these pitchers blowing out arms?

buster brave

March 26th, 2012
6:50 pm

I agree with the folks who say Medlin should start the games Hudson will miss,before he was hurt was the best starter on the team. After 2-3 starts he can go back to the bullpen ; he has been “stretched ” out this spring,and obviously on his way back to his previous ability,if not better.

phil

March 26th, 2012
10:27 pm

Teheran, 21, is competing with fellow prospect Randall Delgado for the final opening in the Braves rotation, a fill-in spot until Tim Hudson’s expected return from back surgery in late April or early May. Teheran and Delgado have struggled mightily at times this spring, but have also had spurts where they’ve displayed considerable talent.
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struggled mightily?

Pathetic displays by the vastly overrated duo…

phil

March 26th, 2012
10:29 pm

Stevie
March 26th, 2012
12:26 pm

This sorry excuse for a team will be eliminated by August. Chipper will be in a wheelchair by July 4th and the team will be in dead last. Jurjenns is done and the rookies are not as good as the team claims. Heyward is another Francoeur and McCann is probably never going to hit again. I think the Mets will be a better ball club.

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more evidence of our failed educational system….sigh.

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