The Atlanta Braves have placed starting pitcher Tommy Hanson on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lower back, rotowire.com reports. The injury is not serious, and Hanson should be able to come off the DL as scheduled.
Kris Medlen, who is starting tonight against the Miami Marlins, will fill Hanson's rotation spot.
The initial plan was to give Hanson an extra day of rest or to skip his turn in the rotation once, but with the Braves' acquisition of Paul Maholm on Monday, they have a lot more flexibility.
“We just felt like the timing is perfect with the addition of another pitcher that we can hopefully knock it out completely if we give him these two weeks,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said. “Then have him for the last six, seven weeks of the season.”
Hanson's back started bothering him over the All-Star break, ajc.com says, and he originally had it treated with anti-inflammatories. It flared up again last night in the third inning against the Marlins.
Cory Gearrin has been called up from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill Hanson's roster spot.
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