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Diagnosis for Tommy Hanson: small tear in rotator cuff

Aug 26, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

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The Braves announced prior to Friday’s game that an MRI showed a small tear in Tommy Hanson’s rotator cuff that won’t require surgery.  The hope is that he’ll return to the rotation in mid-September.

It’s a scary diagnosis for Braves fans, though it certainly could be worse; most major league pitchers have some sort of rotator cuff and/or labrum damage after a few years on the job.  Hanson’s tear doesn’t qualify as particularly unusual.  Still, that doesn’t mean it won’t worsen and require surgery at some point.

The Braves would certainly love to have Hanson back to join Tim Hudson, Jair Jurrjens and Brandon Beachy in their postseason rotation.  If he can’t go, that means Derek Lowe figures to find himself in the fourth spot.  There’s also the possibility that Hanson could return as a reliever, but he should have time to get stretched back out if his rehab goes as planned.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Aug 26, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    This is BAD news for Braves fans. Anything with the rotator cuff is bad for a position player, let alone a pitcher. If I were a Braves fan, I’d be really concerned. And I’m not saying that because I’m a Phillies fan. I’m saying that because I’m a baseball fan first and foremost and don’t want to see anything bad happen to any player in the game injury-wise, especially like a young, good talent like Hanson.

  2. APBA Guy - Aug 27, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    One of the things I learned when my nephew spent 2.5 hours being carved and sutured by Dr. Andrews is that most college and professional pitchers have some damage to their shoulders, due primarily to bad mechanics and repetitive motion. It’s usually treated with rest, strengthening exercises for the surrounding muscles, and attempts to correct the mechanical flaws in the delivery. The Andrews Clinic has a good working relationship with API, so most of the pro pitchers can get the best in follow up analysis and rehab. The college guys get detailed instructions on what to do, how to do it, etc, to take back to school with them as they attempt to reduce the stress on their throwing shoulders.

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