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Braves get bad news on Tommy Hanson, Peter Moylan

Sep 23, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

Tommy Hanson AP

It looks like Tommy Hanson and Peter Moylan will join Jair Jurrjens on the sidelines if the Braves are able to hold on to their wild card lead and advance to the NLDS.

Hanson, out since early August with a small tear in his rotator cuff, felt pain in his shoulder blade while working in an instructional league game Friday and exited after two innings.

The hope was that Hanson would go three or four innings today and then start the regular-season finale for the Braves on Wednesday, putting him in line to potentially pitch in the NLDS.  Since Wednesday’s session is out now, it’s hard to imagine the Braves carrying him on their playoff roster.  Perhaps he’ll be a possibility if they advance to the NLCS.

Without Hanson, the Braves would be looking at a postseason rotation of Tim Hudson, Brandon Beachy, Derek Lowe and either Mike Minor or Randall Delgado.

The news was even worse for Moylan, who just returned in early September after missing nearly five months following back surgery.  He was diagnosed with tears in both his rotator cuff and labrum.  He’ll see Dr. James Andrews before a decision is made on whether to operate.

Moylan was almost certainly going to be on the Braves’ postseason roster despite all of the missed time.  His innings could instead go to Cristhian Martinez and Arodys Vizcaino.

  1. foreverchipper10 - Sep 23, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Sigh. This is just depressing. I was hoping Hanson could make it back in case they hold onto that lead and do make the playoffs. I also would hope to see Minor start over Lowe but I know that is just a pipedream. Maybe next year some team will want to take on Lowe’s contract halfway through the year so Minor (or even Teheran) can be a fixture in the rotation.

  2. planck16 - Sep 23, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    UGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHH! Kick to the stomach! I knew we should of made a play for Wandy Rodgriguez! This is unreal, I say we start throwing Johnny Allstaff these games vs. Washington. Really, why don’t we give a starter an inning or two, then start throwing our bullpen an inning! Lowe scares me, Beachy and Minor strike out a ton, but walk and give up bombs a ton.

  3. proudlycanadian - Sep 23, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Relax. The Braves won and are in the drivers seat.

  4. bigleagues - Sep 24, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    Clearly, there is only one person responsible . . .

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