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Tommy Hanson could throw first bullpen session Friday

Sep 7, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

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Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson hasn’t appeared in a major league game since the first week of August due to a fatigued throwing shoulder.

But he is making steady progress and could be ready for the final week or two of the regular season.

According to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, the 25-year-old ace felt “really good” after a session of long toss Wednesday and is likely to throw his first bullpen session Friday if he continues to feel no renewed discomfort. A couple of simulated games would follow, then Hanson could be cleared to return to Atlanta’s starting rotation.

Hanson had a fantastic 3.60 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 142/46 K/BB ratio through 130 innings this year before the shoulder problems put him on the shelf. The Braves, who would appear to have the National League Wild Card locked up, will be hoping for big things from the talented young starter this October.

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