Hanson started the season with a strong first half, but since the All-Star break, he's posted 5.69 ERA and a 3-5 record. His struggles might have made Tuesday his last appearance of 2012, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"Wasn’t the way I wanted to end it," said Hanson, who allowed a Starling Marte double to start the first inning and a run in each of the first two innings. "The first two innings were tough, and then so was that fifth. Not the way I wanted to finish, but it is what it is. And I’ve got to try to learn from it and try to make adjustments and try to get better."
At this point, the Braves have several superior options to start in the playoffs, including Kris Medlen, Tim Hudson and Mike Minor.