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Tommy Hanson could start the Braves’ regular season finale

Sep 19, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

Tommy Hanson AP

Maybe we shouldn’t look too far ahead since the Braves are still fighting to hang on in the Wild Card race, but the odds of Tommy Hanson being ready in time for the postseason are at least looking better.

From David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes word that Hanson threw two simulated innings earlier today at the team’s instructional league in Orlando. He is slated to throw three or four innings or a maximum of 65 pitches in another instructional league start on Friday.

If all goes well, Hanson could start the Braves’ regular season finale against the Phillies on September 28. Of course, things could change if the Braves haven’t wrapped up the Wild Card. If the season goes down to the final day, Tim Hudson would start on his scheduled turn.

While Hanson is still in the mix for the first round of the playoffs, things aren’t looking nearly as positive for Jair Jurrjens. He was able to throw 40 pitches in a bullpen session earlier today at Sun Life Stadium in Florida, but O’Brien writes that he probably won’t be an option unless the Braves advance to the NLCS.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 19, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    And the Braves “lights out” bullpen gives it up again….after an error by Larry. I’d be worried if I lived in the land of tomahawks.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 19, 2011 at 10:32 PM

      Braves are in serious trouble. O’Ventbrel is breaking down and they cant win without that bullpen staying strong. Its going to be a long 10 days for Craig and the rest of the tomahawk choppers…

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