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Tommy Hanson changed his delivery on advice of Braves’ physical therapist

Feb 14, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

Tommy Hanson AP

After meeting with the Braves’ physical therapist Tommy Hanson has altered his delivery in an effort to avoid the shoulder problems that plagued him last season.

Hanson described the change as “not drastic, but definitely different” and the Braves are also hoping it makes him tougher for opponents to steal bases on after he allowed runners to go 30-for-33 last year.

Hanson told Mark Bowman of MLB.com that he previously felt like he was “throwing with all arm” and is “cutting out that pause” in his delivery. And so far at least Hanson hasn’t seen a dropoff in his velocity or movement with the new delivery, which is key considering how dominant he’s been when healthy with the old setup.

Through early July last year Hanson had a 2.44 ERA, .190 opponents’ batting average, and 109/35 K/BB ratio in 103 innings, but he then allowed 24 runs in his next 27 innings before being shut down in mid-August.

  1. Jonny 5 - Feb 14, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    I hope this doesn’t involve cutting off his mullet. I enjoy picturing him driving around with Joe Dirt drinking PBR and Meister Brau.

  2. El Bravo - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Hanson will be mowing down Phillies bats as per usual come April.

    • Jonny 5 - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      As long as he doesn’t mow down that mop of his. ;)

  3. changingipaddyishardstuff - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Says a ton about the pitching coach in the ATL, the guy giving rub downs his giving pitching advice.

  4. bobulated - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    That deliberate pause always seemed awkward and shoulder problems would be on the horizon for him. So many of the great power pitchers deliveries are a smooth extension of power from the legs up through the trunk but with Tommy’s deliberate pause, any momentum generated by the lower body seemed to be lost. Hopefully this helps not only his health and longevity but his velocity and movement.

  5. foreverchipper10 - Feb 14, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    I really want Hanson to be healthy. We need him this year. Hudson is already down and with Hanson and Jurrjens as the de facto top two Atlanta’s success will hinge largely on their health.

  6. buffalomafia - Feb 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Good luck! ATL has a goodcpitching staff but need overated Heyward to step up his game!

    Also ownership needs another bat.

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