Tommy Hanson Has Small Rotator-Cuff Tear

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Tommy Hanson Injury: Braves Starter Has Slight Tear In Rotator Cuff

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tommy Hanson hasn't pitched since August 6th, when he allowed seven earned runs to the New York Mets in 3-1/3 innings. On July 9, his ERA was 2.44. Twenty-six innings and 24 runs later, Hanson's barking shoulder sent him to the disabled list. He suffered a recent setback while rehabbing, and now we have a diagnosis relayed from David O'Brien from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

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.

I'm not a doctor, so I don't know a think about injuries, but when I read "small rotator-cuff tear," I think about the old line about being "slightly pregnant." Still, the Braves will surely favor Hanson's long-term future over their short-term playoff run, so it's doubtful they'd taken any unnecessary risks with him. If they think he can be back in a few weeks, that's probably a sign that he might pitch again this season.

Still, rotator cuffs are weird, finicky things. A tear -- even the small kind that doesn't always require surgery -- is a little scary.


Tommy Hanson Injury: Braves Starter Experiences Setback

Not long ago, the Atlanta Braves placed starter Tommy Hanson on the disabled list with rotator cuff tendinitis. At the time, the team was optimistic that he wouldn't be out very long, but you may consider the timetable pushed back. Hanson threw a Monday bullpen that lasted just nine pitches. Afterwards he insisted that everything was fine, but subsequently had a Tuesday bullpen session canceled, and now he's admitted why. Mark Bowman:

Hanson still had shoulder soreness from yesterday's short bullpen session. They will take it day-to-day from here.

Hanson obviously will not make his scheduled rehab start for Gwinnett Saturday.

When Hanson was placed on the DL, it was done with the understanding that he doesn't have any significant damage in his shoulder. That's the good news. The bad news is that he's still feeling discomfort, and will take longer to return than expected. That the Braves hold a massive lead for the NL Wild Card makes this a minimal concern in the short term, but boy could they ever use an effective Hanson in time for the playoffs.

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