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Braves name Tommy Hanson as Opening Day starter

Mar 31, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

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Mark Bowman of MLB.com passes along word that Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has officially tabbed Tommy Hanson to start Opening Day against the Mets next Thursday. It will be the first Opening Day assignment of his career.

Hanson was limited to just 22 starts last year due to right shoulder problems and missed the first couple weeks of camp after suffering a mild concussion in a one-car accident. Armed with a revamped delivery, the 24-year-old right-hander has a 2.57 ERA and 6/1 K/BB ratio over his first two official Grapefruit League starts. He’s making his final tuneup this afternoon against the Tigers.

Hanson will be followed in the rotation by Jair Jurrjens, Mike Minor and Brandon Beachy. Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran are currently competing for the fifth spot in the rotation while the newly-signed Livan Hernandez is expected to pitch in long relief.

  1. buffalomafia - Mar 31, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    For the millionth time! The Braves need a solid third baseman! What’s taking so long?

    Is there any Atlanta fans out there?

  2. cowartsh - Mar 31, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    who exactly do you propose they acquire?

  3. buffalomafia - Mar 31, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    David Wright of the Mets???

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