Tommy Hanson missed almost all of the last two months of the 2011 season that saw the Atlanta Braves complete one of the biggest collapses in history, but anticipates being at full strength when Spring Training begins.
Hanson was sidelined with shoulder pain for the rest of the season after his final start on Aug. 6, and he was even checked out by the dreaded Dr. James Andrews in September, but that only revealed normal wear and tear. MLB.com reports that Hanson believes the pain in his shoulder stemmed from a back injury sustained in 2010.
All that seems to be behind him now, as Hanson spent a month this offseason working with Braves physical therapist Troy Jones at the club's Spring Training complex. The focus was on strengthening his back muscles in order to place less strain on his shoulder.
More recently, Hanson has had multiple bullpen sessions and played long toss at Turner Field on Thursday with no problems, surely an encouraging sign for Braves fans.
Before his shoulder pain got so bad, Hanson carried a 2.44 ERA into last year's All-Star break, fourth in the National League.
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