Tommy Hanson Injury: Braves Pitcher To Disabled List With Lower Back Strain

ATLANTA - MAY 20: Starting pitcher Tommy Hanson #48 of the Atlanta Braves leaves after being pulled, one and two-thirds innings into a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Turner Field on May 20, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Tommy Hanson will miss 2-3 weeks.

The Atlanta Braves have placed right-handed pitcher Tommy Hanson on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain. Hanson had struggled since the All-Star Break and saw a substantial dip in velocity on his fastball, so the move should allow him to get healthy and rest his arm. He is expected to return in about two weeks once the stint is up.

Right-handed relief pitcher Cory Gearrin has been called up from Triple-A Gwinnett. Gearrin is a very effective pitcher against righties with his sidearm delivery, although he has issues against left-handed batters.

As for Paul Maholm, manager Fredi Gonzalez elected to not say who would be replaced when he is added to the roster later in the week. It would seem likely that Jair Jurrjens would be the one sent down to the minors, but that is simply speculation at this point.

Maholm is expected to start on Saturday. Kris Medlen will make the start on Sunday.

For more on the Braves, check out Talking Chop.

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