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.