Hanson feels good after throwing off mound

Hanson feels good after throwing off mound

ST. LOUIS -- Atlanta right-hander Tommy Hanson threw 20 pitches off a mound Sunday and said he felt fine afterward.

"I'm happy, it went well," Hanson said after the Braves' 6-3 loss to the Cardinals.

If Hanson does not experience any soreness on Monday, he will push forward. He is expected to throw a slightly longer session on Tuesday. If all goes well, a trip to the Instructional League would be the next step.

Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez would like for Hanson to get at least one regular-season start under his belt before postseason play. Hanson is suffering from a slight rotator cuff tear that does not require surgery. He last pitched on Aug. 6, allowing seven earned runs in 3 1/3 innings of an 11-7 loss to the Mets.

His ERA stood at 2.44 on July 9 before he endured a stretch of 24 runs in 26 2/3 innings.

Hanson was somewhat concerned entering Sunday's workout, but he came out with a positive attitude.

"I was nervous, I didn't know what was going to happen," he said.