Braves put Hanson on DL with lower back strain – updated

The Braves placed Tommy Hanson on the disabled list with a strain in his lower back on Tuesday but don’t believe it’s a serious injury or one that will keep him out longer than 15 days.

They will keep Kris Medlen in the rotation in the meantime. He’ll make his second start Sunday against the Astros.

Hanson said he first started having problems with his back over the All-Star break but after taking a dose pack of anti-inflammatories, it subsided. But it flared up again during the third inning of his start Monday night against the Marlins, and he can’t take another dose pack again so soon.

“I think we might have just came back too quick,” said Hanson, who said by Tuesday it was already feeling better. “I don’t think it’s going to be something that’s going to take a while. I just need to let it chill out and it should be fine.”

The Braves initially thought they would either skip Hanson once in the rotation or give him a few extra days between starts but after acquiring left-hander Paul Maholm via trade from the Cubs on Monday night, they could afford to give Hanson extended rest.

“I think if I would have just had a couple days extra this time it would have been fine,” Hanson said. “But it’s better to take care of it now and then not have to worry about it the rest of the year. I think that’s the whole idea behind it.”

The Braves called up reliever Cory Gearrin from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill Hanson’s roster spot.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated after Hanson pitched in and out of jams in his five innings Monday night, while allowing one run, his pitches weren’t as sharp as normal and he might need a few days’ extra rest.

Hanson went 10-5 with a 3.71 ERA in 18 starts before the All-Star break; he’s 2-0 with a 7.45 ERA in four starts since the break. He said his back didn’t bother him in the first three starts since the break, though, and he’s not blaming the results on his back.

“After I came back from the All-Star break and took that dose pack I felt fine,” Hanson said.

No more deals Tuesday

Braves general manager Frank Wren said he and the Braves were in conversations with multiple teams right up until Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline – he said he was still on the phone at 3:59 – but they did not find the right fit to add another reliever.

“We felt like we were close; we just never quite got there,” Wren said. “Quite honestly, there’re not a lot of guys that were that intriguing that we felt would improve us where we needed to – guys that can pitch in the middle of that bullpen.”

Wren indicated the Braves were looking for a middle reliever with the versatility to go multiple innings, and they had only five names on their board to begin with. He said the Braves will continue to explore their options in August when they could make a waiver trade. But as it is, he still feels pretty good about the Braves bullpen.

“If we get everybody healthy over the next few weeks and if we can get Peter Moylan to the point where he’s ready to join us (on his comeback from shoulder surgery), which we’re very hopeful we can, and we get Tommy Hanson back and then Medlen’s back, we’re in good shape,” Wren said. “Just today we’re a little thin. In another week or so we could be in real good shape.”

Note: The Braves don’t have to make a roster for newcomer Paul Maholm until he arrives on Wednesday. Struggling pitcher Jair Jurrjens could be the odd man out.

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Jerry Willard

July 31st, 2012
6:12 pm

Hate to say it.. But he appears to be going the way of Jurrjens!! Oh well at least neither one of them got paid yet..

Zac in Tempe

July 31st, 2012
6:12 pm

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 31st, 2012
6:14 pm

I woulda loved to have Redmond available here… not much else down there in the pen other than Gearrin and Carlyle.

JWOOD

July 31st, 2012
6:15 pm

I don’t think this will be too severe. He just needs some rest and he will be back in alright form. He will probably have to do some rehab type work during the offseason to build strength in his shoulders and back.

Pete

July 31st, 2012
6:27 pm

Carroll, if Johnson joins the Braves tonight, who will be removed from active roster?

Negative Creep

July 31st, 2012
6:29 pm

Is it me or the ALL of the Braves pitchers get hurt??? Is it mcdowell? Because all the call-ups seem to do great have pitch in the mid to upper 90’s. I know Hanson is not a call up but this is just another pitcher on a long list.

Negative Creep

July 31st, 2012
6:33 pm

WOW. Sorry for all the typo’s in the 1st post.

Is it me or do ALL of the Braves young pitcher get hurt soon after getting called up to the bigs? Is it mcdowell? I’m honestly asking. I know Hanson is not a call-up but he is now another pitcher on a long list for us. They all also seem to get here with a mid to upper 90’s fastball then it falls to the upper 80’s to lower 90’s.

FireFrediot!!!

July 31st, 2012
6:36 pm

Late night bar hopping causes one’s back to strain, ya know . . . and causes loss of sleep which causes one’s mind to wander, ya know, ya know . . . also causes tired arm and car to run off road, ya know, legs to be wobbly and eyes bloodshot ya know, excessive sweating and 3-5 innings 100 pitches ya know!

LobWedge

July 31st, 2012
6:41 pm

So we have Hudson, Sheets, Maholm, Medlen and Minor. I like this rotation but I must have missed something did Delgado get sent down?

Coach (2012 Fredi's Beisbol Fandango)

July 31st, 2012
6:43 pm

Huddy, Sheets, Minor, Maholm, Medlen and Delgado give us the needed depth to allow Hanson to heal.

So I must say, Wren’s pick up of both Sheets and Maholm is great work! Not to mention Johnson and Janish.

andy dandy

July 31st, 2012
6:48 pm

Good question from LobWedge (hope he hits that better than I) about Delgado. Also, is my memory faulty or did they have a “slow” radar gun on the Braves’ TV game last night? I think Hanson’s fastball topped out @ 89 last night. I thought he used to hit 92-93.

HOF 10

July 31st, 2012
6:53 pm

Hanson, like JJ, doesn’t throw as hard as he once did. The two men top out about the same on the radar gun. Yet Hanson seems to have made the adjustments necessary to win in the Big Leagues. His recent control problems might be due to this back injury. I still think that when JJ heals up, he will be able to adjust as well. He had really good control before his injuries, and if he can hit his spots he will be fine. But it probably won’t happen here because the Braves would have to pay JJ too much to find out. Hanson is a surer bet because he has shown he can win with a fastball that only reaches about 90 now.

Backdoor Slider

July 31st, 2012
6:54 pm

FRANK GAVE UP FAR TOO MUCH

Consider the comments of Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated:

“… the Braves gave up quality in the form of the 21-year-old Vizcaino, who came into the year ranked 40th on Baseball America‘s Top 100 Prospects list — and an eye-popping 14th on Keith Law’s list — but who underwent Tommy John surgery in late March after pitching through a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament since 2010. Undersized at 6 feet and 190 pounds, and with an unorthodox delivery, he throws a 92-96 MPH fastball that can touch 98 out of the bullpen, and a power curveball that’s also an out pitch. His command issues, injury history and failure to develop a third pitch may make him a permanent reliever, though. Chapman is a reliever as well, a 25-year-old righty who was striking out 10.1 per nine at Triple-A Gwinnett on the strength of a plus changeup that complements an 89-92 MPH fastball.” — End quote.

toppleprone

July 31st, 2012
6:56 pm

is it just me or did he look out of shape this year? dude looks like he’s bigger than in years past, poor conditioning?

bgvt

July 31st, 2012
7:10 pm

Backdoor — After considering those comments, I think DOB’s analysis of the trade is correct. The Braves picked up some solid pieces for this year by giving up a highly variable prospect in Vizcaino. Sure, it is a gamble — but aren’t all trades? I expect Frank Wren knew about Tommy’s back and he had to get some starter. The price for a rental ace (e.g., Grienke) would have been much, much higher — with not assurance that the Braves could sign him. If the Braves want Grienke, they can sign him in the winter without giving up prospects. Dempster isn’t an ace — and even to get him, they would have had to give up Delgado (who is still a very good prospect).

Ben

July 31st, 2012
7:18 pm

Wren focused in on the perfect target. Theo had to roll the dice on something before the trade deadline to start the “rebuilding process” and Frank cashed in on that desperation. Epstein can say what he wants but you know damned well he wanted Tehran or Delgado and Frank just held his ground like a champ. Dude crushed it!

RWill

July 31st, 2012
7:32 pm

Great trade by Wren. Whether Maholm or Medlen ultimately end up back in the bullpen, or both are needed as starters the rest of this year, this improved our pitching depth for both starters and relievers.

And thankfully, we traded away a pitcher with poor mechanics that will always be injury prone as opposed to pitching prospects that actually have a chance of staying healthy. Get rid of all the pitchers with the “inverted W”. Use them as the trade pieces – like this trade – and keep the more mechanically sound arms.

Biglefty

July 31st, 2012
7:36 pm

We needed another lefty and Johnson has a lifetime .284 avg. This was a good deal for us.

David O'Brien

July 31st, 2012
8:05 pm

McCann has 9 HR and 21 RBI in 18 games beginning 7/5, same day Braves began the 16-5 run they’re on now

David O'Brien

July 31st, 2012
8:09 pm

McCann hitting .306 with 1.100-plus OPS in that period

Ralph

July 31st, 2012
8:32 pm

Gattis hasn’t missed a step, he is 1 for 1 tonight with a 2 run homer and is now 5 for 10 since returning Sunday.

Ralph

July 31st, 2012
8:39 pm

Delgado had another good outing today, 6 ip 1 er, that makes two of those since he went to AAA.

BK

July 31st, 2012
8:44 pm

Leo was able to keep pitchers strong and health for years. He had a great in-season conditioning program. It shouldn’t be that hard, it’s not a mystery.

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 31st, 2012
8:47 pm

Bye bye JJ…

Darryl Blackberry

July 31st, 2012
9:02 pm

Would like to see a long reliever stay in the ‘pen until Medlen goes back to that role. Whether it’s JJ or Miguel Batista, who can say?

Or: maybe Avilan could get sent down? He’s got great stuff, but poor control.

Tbraves

July 31st, 2012
9:13 pm

Any idea how much longer this rain delay will last?

Tbraves

July 31st, 2012
9:13 pm

Any idea how much longer this rain delay will last?

Tbraves

July 31st, 2012
9:13 pm

Any idea how much longer this rain delay will last?

Playoffs?????

July 31st, 2012
9:34 pm

So JJ might be the odd man out. That would be a mistake.
Let’s look at the scoreboard: Since he’s been back from AAA, JJ has given us 4 good starts and 2 bad ones. If you use that as a barometer on who stays and who goes—–then every Braves’ pitcher (with the exception of Hudson) —should be sent down.
How Minor dodged the demotiion bullet is a Minor miracle.
Make JJ the long guy out of the pen—-he’s got some good innings left in him

OK,, JJ haters—it’s your turn

Playoffs?????

July 31st, 2012
9:38 pm

Yeah, we have an improved starting staff now. But we don’t have an legitimate #1 starter, and that will be our downfall in the playoffs.
We don’t match up well against the Dodgers who can throw Kershaw at us two or three times or the Giants, for example, with a Matt Cain

Playoffs?????

July 31st, 2012
9:38 pm

BMac is back!

Playoffs?????

July 31st, 2012
9:39 pm

Hey I’ll handle all the comments during the rain delay. Everybody go get a sandwich.

North Cobb Fan

July 31st, 2012
9:40 pm

@Backdoor Slide did you see that we’re expecting Moylan back? When Hanson is back and healthy and next year our pen looks like Medlen, Moylan, O’Flaherty, Venters, Kimbrel. Then a couple guys that come in in big leads or way behind. Or an occasional spot to rest others. Our pen next year is going to be deep. Giving up a reliever for a solid consistent starter that will likely be back next year seems like a great trade. Then adding a utility outfield guy who can PH or play left or center to give Prado and Bourne rest? Or the ability to put Prado at 3rd on Chippers off days or at short til Simmons gets back. Id take that trade any day of the week!

Playoffs?????

July 31st, 2012
9:40 pm

Shooting for five in row. What’s the record ?

Playoffs?????

July 31st, 2012
9:43 pm

Like the trade—the Reed Johnson part especially. Looooong overdue–another righthanded bat!

Carroll Rogers

July 31st, 2012
9:45 pm

Pete, Constanza was optioned to Gwinnett. Sorry I didn’t answer your question in the story. Did now!

Bob the Blogger

July 31st, 2012
10:00 pm

This all worked out great – we got a solid starter, a good RH outfielder who can hit, and didn’t have to give up Delgado to get it. Plus, I was pulling for Medlen to get in the rotation, and now he’ll be there for a few starts. Add in the signing of Ben Sheets, and I think you have to give Wren an “A”.

YoungerThan ThatNow

July 31st, 2012
11:20 pm

Did I miss it somewhere, or as it not been mentioned that Maholm pitched at Mississippi State at the same time that Papelbon was there. So, the Georgia heat and humidity won’t be a ’surprise’ for him. I think it was an excellent trade for the Braves, covering two areas very capably, and the ‘icing on the cake’ is that Maholm is a lefty. We needed another lefty in the rotation. As soon as I heard about the trade last night I went to the Cubs blogasphere, and I found that there were some upset bloggers there! They really felt short changed, and that was before I dropped the little bomb about Vizcaino having TJ surgery this spring… they didn’t know!

Nice going FrankW!

GO BRAVES!

Rowsdower

August 1st, 2012
1:04 am

Why are so many of you in love with the radar gun? Are you new Braves fans? Greg Maddux topped out at 88. Glavine was lucky to hit that most nights. Both are 1st ballot Hall of Famers. Movement and command are WAY more important than velocity. Major League hitters can time a jet if it’s straight. Give me 90 with movement over 98 straight as a penis anyday…

cornjolio

August 1st, 2012
8:25 am

Hanson now throws junk & the league will catch up to it real soon !

a fan

August 1st, 2012
8:41 am

Plaudits for FW long overdue, he’s done a great job.

Heisenberg

August 1st, 2012
9:40 am

“Wren indicated the Braves were looking for a middle reliever with the versatility to go multiple innings…..”
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Randall Delgado

ppaaddy123

August 1st, 2012
9:50 am

Totally agree on Delgado!

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CRMAC300

August 1st, 2012
10:04 am

Vizcaino looks like a pitcher in the Kerry Wood – Mark Pryor vein. Great fastball, unorthodox delivery, early career arm trouble, never lives up to potential. Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine could barely hit 90 on the gun and they have 650+ wins between them. Never had arm surgery, either. No matter what kind of career Vizcaino ends up having, getting Maholm and Johnson for him and filling two obvious needs on THIS team THIS year is a great trade for the Braves. You guys who want this team to spend money they don’t have on a #1 starter only need to look at the mess the Phillies are in now. Three pitchers making $25 million plus apiece on long term contracts and two of those guys are seriously underperforming. Now the Phils can’t afford a decent offense.

Bob Horner's Blonde Mullet

August 1st, 2012
10:59 am

How many times can we refer to Jair as “struggling pitcher Jair Jurrjens” in one article??

ppaaddy123

August 1st, 2012
12:18 pm

I know I’m biased, but I can’t understand why the braves are not getting more recognition of their “moves” Sure, they weren’t big names but they made our team better going down the stretch. BTW Medlen was sharp last night. He has something you can’t put your finger on specifically but I like to call it bulldog mentality (it’s not the size of the dog but the size of the fight in the dog)!

chris

August 1st, 2012
1:22 pm

just dont know about Hanson I know he has a winning record but he always seems to fall behind in the first or second inning. I wonder if the Marlins would do even trade for Johnson.

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