Hanson ends bid to return this year

Hanson ends bid to return this year

ATLANTA -- The Braves had hopes that Tommy Hanson might overcome his right shoulder discomfort and be able to pitch at some point again this season. But it appears Hanson has ended his bid to return this year.

Hanson said Wednesday afternoon that he will not even be playing catch as he spends the next couple of weeks once again attempting to strengthen his bothersome right shoulder.

The Braves placed Hanson on the disabled list with right shoulder discomfort in June. The 25-year-old right-hander returned after a two-week absence and continued to pitch about five more weeks before having to shut down again. He has not pitched since Aug. 6.

"Hopefully some rest without throwing will help," Hanson said. "I'll put in a lot of hard work in the offseason and just try to strengthen everything as much as possible."

Hanson battled a sore back near the end of the 2010 season and again through the first two months of this season. He thinks his shoulder discomfort might be a product of his attempt to compensate for the pain he was feeling in his back.

The Braves were planning to start Hanson in Wednesday night's regular-season finale against the Phillies if they had already clinched the National League Wild Card entry. But they scrapped that plan on Friday, when he felt some discomfort near his scapula while pitching in an instructional league game.