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Tommy Hanson Ready for Start in Instructional League

September 17th, 2011 at 5:14 PM
By Cody Fields

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tommy Hanson is now ready for a start in Orlando in the instructional league after his third bullpen session this week, ajc.com reports.

Hanson, who has not pitched since Aug. 6 due to inflammation in his rotator cuff, said he felt alright after his 30-pitch bullpen session.

“Felt good,” he said. “My command isn’t quite there obviously, just throwing a couple sides, but it’s not far off. I realize what I’m doing wrong, and I’m able to make adjustments. It’s just getting back out there and throwing to live hitters.

With Jair Jurrjens doubtful to be ready by the division series, the Braves right now would be forced to utilize Derek Lowe in the postseason rotation. Lowe was rocked by the New York Mets for six runs in 2 1/3 innings Friday and has a 4.90 ERA this year.

Hanson, on the other hand, had been much more reliable until his final start, when the Mets hit four home runs off him in 3 1/3 innings on Aug. 6. Discounting that start, Hanson's ERA is 3.20.

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