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Braves expect Tommy Hanson to be “ready to go” after shoulder problems

Jan 18, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

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Tommy Hanson missed the final two months of last season with a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, suffering multiple setbacks along the way as he unsuccessfully tried to return to the Braves’ rotation.

That makes him a big question mark for 2012, but general manager Frank Wren told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that “our expectations are that he comes into spring training ready to go.”

Wren added that Hanson “feels good” and is “doing really well” in his recovery.

Hanson got knocked around prior to landing on the disabled list, allowing 24 runs in his final 27 innings, including serving up four homers in his last start, yet still posted a 3.60 ERA and 142/46 K/BB ratio in 130 innings overall.

When healthy he’s been one of the most underrated starters in baseball, going 32-22 with a 3.28 ERA in 77 career starts through age 24.

  1. crash1582 - Jan 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    He’ll be ready to go opening day…. we’ll see what condition he is in come Allstar Break. I have no doubt most anybody can get healthy after having the last 10 weeks of the season, and an offseason to recover. This goes for Jurjens as well. If these 2 go out again, it will make a long season for us Braves fans. I like both of these guys when they are healthy, but get prepared to see some Gwinette pitchers this year…

  2. foreverchipper10 - Jan 18, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Please be healthy please be healthy please be healthy…

  3. phatnate - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    I wouldn’t count on Tommy to have a good year.. I am no expert, but his throwing motion puts a lot of stress on his shoulder. He has this hesitation at the top of his windup where he slows his delivery down, and then he violently jerks the arm and the shoulder thru the delivery to the release point. The motion is deceptive to the hitter but puts a lot of stress on his shoulder. The other thing that is going to prevent Tommy from becoming an elite pitcher is that he can’t hold any runners on. His delivery to the plate is long, because of the hesitation at the top of his motion, so any runner that gets on first that has any speed always ends up on 2nd base.

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