Hanson to retake concussion test Thursday

Hanson to retake concussion test Thursday

Hanson to retake concussion test Thursday
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Tommy Hanson participated in stretching with his teammates on Tuesday, but that was as far as it could go for the Braves pitcher.

Hanson said he had not passed the concussion test -- missing it "by one or two things" -- and will retake it again on Thursday. If all goes well, the 25-year-old Hanson will throw to live batters and begin his normal routine.

"It's just frustrating because I want to be doing stuff with the rest of the guys," said Hanson, who suffered a Grade-1 concussion in a car accident on Feb. 20. "It was fun to be out there with them during stretching, but that's as much as [team trainers] would let me do."

While Hanson was not able to take part in team activities, he did increase his conditioning and throwing regimen. After throwing three sets of 25 throws from distances of 90, 120 and 150 feet, he ran on the main field in "football-like drills."

With Braves strength and conditioning coach Phil Falco acting as a quarterback of sorts, Hanson ran several different routes of varying distances in the outfield of Champion Stadium. Despite not being able to do the normal baseball routine, Hanson seemed to be in good spirits, joking at times with Falco on his throwing accuracy.

"Yeah, I'm a little upset at my catching skills, though, because I have to step up my game," said the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Hanson. "In all seriousness, though, it was good to break up the routine a bit and do some conditioning in some other ways besides just sprinting back and forth."

Hanson said he hopes to throw off the mound on Wednesday, but it is contingent on how he feels after Tuesday's workout and if team doctors give him the go-ahead.

"I'm definitely looking forward to getting back on a normal schedule," Hanson said.