Tommy Hanson Has Slightly Torn Shoulder, Hopes To Avoid Surgery

Atlanta placed starting pitcher Tommy Hanson on the disabled list August 7 due to tendinitis in his shoulder.

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Tommy Hanson Has Small Tear In Shoulder, Hopes To Return In 2011

Tommy Hanson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list twice this season with a shoulder injury. The first time around, Hanson was fine after two weeks of rest and returned to the mound. He was not so lucky the second time.

#Braves pitcher Hanson has small rotator-cuff tear, kind that often doesn't require surgery. They hope he's back in "few weeks," Wren said.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

 

While a return for the post-season could still happen, it is absolutely essential for Hanson's shoulder to be completely healthy before returning to the mound. A shoulder injury can destroy a pitcher's career and we do not need to rush him back to the mound.

As far as the next few weeks go, Mike Minor will continue to get starts on the mound. Look for the Braves to announce some kind of projected starting rotation once the weekend passes. Once again, the organization's incredible amount of depth will pay off. Most teams would be scrambling to replace one of their best pitchers as the playoffs near, Atlanta calls up (or continues to use, in this case) a top-prospect to fill in nicely.

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Tommy Hanson's Shoulder Injury Not Improving

Coming through the Minor Leagues, the only real concern with Tommy Hanson was his delivery and the mechanics he uses to constantly throw a baseball. His motion is anything but smooth, and it appears it may be what slows down his Major League career.

This is the second time this season Hanson has battled pain in his right shoulder, but unlike the first injury in early-July, the shoulder is not progressing like it should. After tossing just nine pitches before finishing on Monday with slight discomfort, we got this update from David O'Brien today:

#Braves RH Hanson's shoulder sore from session yesterday, going to take it day by day from here. Saturday rehab start is out of question.

It would appear the very earliest Hanson will return to the mound will be in September, though I guess not returning to the mound at all this season is not out of the question. Shoulder injuries are always scary for a pitcher, let alone for one who has battled trouble in that area before. Stay tuned.

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Randall Delgado, Braves Top-Prospect, To Be Called Up

With the loss of Tommy Hanson for a few more days the Atlanta Braves have re-called top-prospect Randall Delgado to take his spot in the rotation. The 21-year old righty will pitch Tuesday night in a big tilt with the San Francisco Giants at Turner Field.

There were two options to replace Hanson -- the other being other top-prospect Julio Teheran -- but with both Delgado's turn in the rotation coming Tuesday and his recent dominance in Triple-A Gwinnett made the decision a little easier for Fredi Gonzalez and his staff.

Just how good has Delgado been? Since his promotion to Gwinnett, Randall is 2-0 and has not allowed a run in 13 innings. In that span he gave up just six hits and five walks while striking out 15. Needless to say, it appears he adjusted well to the change of scenery.

This is why the Braves were so hesitant to trade away any of their top-prospects at the trade deadline; you can never have too much pitching. We are all witnesses to that statement these last few weeks with Hanson and Jair Jurrjens banged up, and hopefully Mike Minor and Randall will continue their good work on the mound.

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Tommy Hanson Injury: Shoulder Tendinitis Sends Atlanta Braves Pitcher To DL

Atlanta placed starting pitcher Tommy Hanson on the disabled list Sunday with tendinitis in his shoulder. Hanson was placed on the 15-day DL retroactively to August 7.

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