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.