Tommy Hanson Watch
Tommy Hanson, the Braves’ 22-year-old pitching phenom could bring his blazing fastballs in a flash from AAA to the big club with the possibility of Tom Glavine’s retirement in the not-too-distant future.
The news today is an injury to Tom Glavine’s left shoulder. To be more specific, a strained rotator cuff (something Kman and I both know a lot about) and Glavine will require two weeks of rest before picking up a baseball. Glavine said if he’s not convinced in two weeks that he’s seeing improvement in his pain level or the strength in his shoulder, he’ll consider hanging it up.
“I’m not interested in a season-long rehab or ‘Let’s try this for a month or two,’ ” Glavine said. “I did that last year. I don’t want to do it myself, and I don’t want to do it to this team. It’s not fair to them.” This thing has logged a lot of innings,” he said of his shoulder. “Sooner or later it’s going to tell me I can’t do this anymore. I hope this isn’t what it’s trying to tell me, but I’m prepared if it is.”
The 6’6″ 210lbs Hanson has 2 starts so far for the AAA Gwinnett Braves. He has pitched 10 innings, striking out 17 and walking only 4. His ERA stands at a sparkling 0.90. Glavine’s time has passed and Hanson’s time is now. The Braves need to trade the old model Tom in for the younger model Tommy.