Hanson has begun playing catch, says back feels good

Tommy Hanson said Tuesday his back is feeling good again. He’s played catch for each of the past two days and expects to be back on the mound for a bullpen session soon, probably on Friday in New York.

“It’s good; I don’t feel anything anymore,” said Hanson, who said he hadn’t taken any pain medication for three days. “I just think I needed a little break, a little rest. I think I could have pitched Saturday, but it’s better just to knock it out. Hopefully it won’t bother me the rest of the year.”

Hanson is eligible to come off the disabled list on Aug. 15 and thinks he’ll be ready by that time. Manager Fredi Gonzalez has said the idea of possibly going to a six-man rotation when Hanson returns for the remainder of August makes some sense.


When Ben Sheets (7 1/3 innings), Eric O’Flaherty and Cristhian Martinez beat the Phillies 6-1 on Monday night without striking out a batter, it was the first time Braves pitchers did not record a strike-out in a game since August 15, 1995, when the Braves and Tom Glavine beat the Marlins 4-1, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Pitching matchups for the Mets series: Paul Maholm vs. Matt Harvey on Friday, Kris Medlen vs. Johan Santana on Saturday and Sheets vs. Jonathon Niese on Sunday.

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August 7th, 2012
6:56 pm


August 7th, 2012
6:57 pm

Stay on the DL. No spot for him in the rotation right now. Who would you want him to displace?


August 7th, 2012
7:09 pm

I agree! There is no need for him at this time. Stay on the DL and make the back feel EXCELLENT not good…


August 7th, 2012
7:16 pm

Let him take Medlen’s place in the bullpen. He is unreliable as a starter and has been extremely lucky that the offense has scored so many runs while he’s on the mound.


August 7th, 2012
7:28 pm

Way to go Minor. If it was any of the pitchers in this rotation that was going to ruin the streak we had going against the Phillies, I would have put money on it that it would be Minor or Hanson. Hanson is not pitching in this series, so that leaves the obvious choice. Way to put your team behind the 8 ball immediately.

Dawgdad (The Original)

August 7th, 2012
7:29 pm

File for disability, it is a growing trend in America. No room in the inn, sorry.

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August 7th, 2012
8:32 pm

Yep, well said all. Hanson is the chronic underachiever.

space monkey

August 7th, 2012
8:57 pm

This is horrible news. It means they’ll send their best starter and hardest throwing starter back to the pen. Medlen should sue.


August 7th, 2012
9:20 pm

Nice to see all you armchair geniuses out in force again. I guess you all must have missed how Hanson is 44-27 with a 3.50 ERA for his career and has 12 wins in what so far has been an off year (which would be his first). I’m shocked that none of you have yet trotted out your frequent and most ridiculous claim whenever one of the Braves struggles: RELEASE HIM!

Ken Stallings

August 7th, 2012
9:29 pm

Impossible to win if you don’t score a single run, and tonight Cole Hamells was on top of his game and shut the Braves down. Mike Minor didn’t have a chance even though he only surrendered three runs over 7 innings pitched.

Tip the hat, boys, and get ‘em tomorrow night!


August 7th, 2012
9:33 pm

Pathetic game boys. You will never win this division playing like that this late in the season. Minor put this team in a hole way to early, doesn’t matter how good he pitched after the first inning, he gave up 3 runs, and that is what he got beat by. When they play like this, they deserve to lose plain and simple. Hopefully Hudson can get the series win tomorrow.

Tampa Gator

August 7th, 2012
9:34 pm


You have not been coming on here lately….wonder why? Braves have been winning that is why.

Braves face a great lefthander who always give them trouble….and he shuts them out….and you come on here and put all your negative blame on Minor….who pitched a really good game.

Please stop being on here…..most of us are sick of you. Get it….just go away…..and as I have said a hundred times……go become a fan of that Wisconsin team….the Brewers….they deserve you.

Tampa Gator

August 7th, 2012
9:36 pm

Ken Stallings is BravesfaninWis’s 1,023rd multiple posting personality…..

Tampa Gator

August 7th, 2012
9:38 pm


Start making stupid comments about turtles and start using my name to post stupid things……just so everyone knows…..I am signing off.


nc fan

August 7th, 2012
9:40 pm

bravesfaninWis u only come here when the braves lose



August 7th, 2012
9:43 pm

I still would argue that a pitcher did not “pitch a good game” when he gave up the run or runs that lost it. (And, of course, the offense did nothing.)


August 8th, 2012
3:45 am

Minor did great. It was another quality start. It’s just Hamels had a little better stuff tonight.


August 8th, 2012
7:11 am

No pitcher is going to throw a shutout every time out – that’s why you have that “quality start” stat – of which Minor had tonight. He gave his team a chance to win, but they failed to muster any offense against Hamels.

No team will go 162-0, and you won’t even beat a single team every time out. We’d won 7 in a row against the Phillies, the coin was bound to land on the other side eventually. All you can do is go out tonight and take the series.

Jax Falcon/Dog Fan

August 8th, 2012
8:16 am

Minor did his job. When our offense is clicking, nine innings to make up three runs is more than doable. This loss was about lack of offense, not lack of quality pitching.

urban redneck

August 8th, 2012
9:41 am

rays just released the missing link. we need brooks conrad.

nah, i’m just kidding. send big red to the pen. go bravos.

space monkey

August 8th, 2012
9:56 am

Hanson’s 12 wins are merely a fluke. The team scores a lot of runs for him. His ERA this year is horrible. His WHIP is too scary to mention. He’s trying to be the world’s first 87mph power pitcher. That’s batting practice speed.


August 8th, 2012
11:14 am

6 man rotation. We’ve got 20 games in 20 days coming up. 6 man rotation makes sense.

Long time fan

August 8th, 2012
11:59 am

Six-man rotation can’t hurt and besides we might be able to save our bullpen some work if we can get seven innings out of each.


August 8th, 2012
2:04 pm

@Bvillebaron …..Take a look at Hanson’s career numbers. He has gotten worse each year. Not sure what you see in him. The first half last year was a fluke and his 12 wins are due to the offense.


August 8th, 2012
4:19 pm

BRAVES are improving. Pitching is good enough. Hitting coming round. Not through yet

KYBravos' fan

August 8th, 2012
4:33 pm

Some of you guys are missing the point. Hamels was really tough last night. The Phils didn’t give him that new monster contract because he CAN’T pitch.

Marc Schneider

August 8th, 2012
4:55 pm

The people here are unbelievable. Do you expect the Braves to not lose a game the rest of the season? Minor kept them in the game; pitchers give up runs. Hamels was just too good.


August 8th, 2012
5:45 pm

Wow, Minor gives up a home run to Howard and then shuts the Phillies down for six innings and people are complaining? Do you think Minor is the only pitcher who has surrendered a home run to Howard? Minor has been pitching very well lately in case you haven’t noticed. The Braves hot and cold offense cost them much more then Minor did.

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