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Tommy Hanson Diagnosed with Mild Concussion

February 21st, 2012 at 7:46 PM
By Cody Fields

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tommy Hanson has been diagnosed with a mild concussion after his one-car accident on Monday. He is not expected to miss much time.

Hanson was diagnosed with a Grade 1 concussion, the least severe possible, and will be evaluated after resting for 48 hours. He will ease back into things as he exhibits no concussion symptoms, and Fred Gonzalez expects him to be back by the weekend or early next week.

"If everything progresses like we think it will, he'll be fine," Gonzalez said. "The thing [our trainers] do not want to do is bring him back too early, and then he gets dizzy because of the concussion. It's just a natural progression."

Hanson reportedly did not remember if he had banged his head in the accident. He blew a tire and left the road en route to the Braves' Spring Training complex at 7 on Monday morning.

Though Hanson was prepared to workout with the team, he told the team medical staff he was feeling ill. He was then sent to a local physician who diagnosed him with a concussion.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, MLB, Tommy Hanson

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