Hanson takes another positive step forward

Hanson takes another positive step forward

Hanson takes another positive step forward
ATLANTA -- Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson threw another side session Wednesday morning at Turner Field, and he once again came away with positive results.

Hanson, who has been on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis, will wait to see what kind of soreness his shoulder encounters on Thursday before deciding what his next move will be. He could throw another side session or head to Florida to make a rehab appearance in an instructional league game.

"My shoulder feels good," Hanson said. "Everything feels good. I feel really strong. I was probably throwing about 90 percent, and then toward the end, I started acting like I was facing a hitter [by] throwing hard. It felt really good."

Hanson threw 20 pitches to start the session and then took a short break before throwing 24 more. He felt his command was much better in the second part when he took on the mindset of facing batters.

"It was another good bullpen [session]," he said. "Hopefully tomorrow I feel good and have normal soreness, which I don't think is going to be a problem."

Hanson still believes there is a chance that he could make at least one regular-season start before the postseason is scheduled to begin. The odds of that happening will improve should his shoulder respond favorably on Thursday like he expects it to.

"I don't think I'm going to take a big step back," he said. "I feel pretty good about my shoulder. I don't think there's going to be an issue."