Hanson likely to rest through weekend

Hanson likely to rest through weekend

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Braves will likely keep Tommy Hanson out of workouts until at least Monday as he continues to recover from a Grade 1 concussion suffered after a tire blew on his car resulting in a one-car accident early Monday morning. Hanson was on his way to the team's Spring Training complex.

Hanson may make an appearance at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex on Thursday. But his physical activity will likely be limited to the exercise bike. The Braves want him to gradually work his way back and get as much rest as possible over the next few days.

Braves pitcher Kris Medlen said Hanson has been sleeping a lot over the past couple days when he has returned to the residence they are sharing during Spring Training.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez remains hopeful that Hanson will be ready at the start of the season as long as he is able to resume normal activities next week.

"We'll see how Spring Training goes, but I don't think it's going to affect him much," Gonzalez said.

If Hanson needs a few additional days to get ready for the season, the Braves could push him to the back end of the rotation or potentially skip his first turn. This would likely mean Jair Jurrjens would get the Opening Day start against the Mets on April 5.

Jurrjens' previously ailing right knee has responded well as he has been wearing a knee brace and orthotics in both shoes during the early days of Spring Training.

"He's done all the [pitchers' fielding practice] and the comebackers," Gonzalez said. "He's thrown [batting practice]. I haven't seen him favor that knee at all. I'm pretty sure some days will be better than others. But so far, he looks good."