LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- There will be plenty of eyes on Tommy Hanson when the right-hander displays his altered delivery during his Grapefruit League debut against the Blue Jays at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon.
Hanson tweaked his delivery in January to lessen the strain on his right shoulder and to address his weakness against potential basestealers. He was unable to throw for a little more than a week after suffering a mild concussion in a Feb. 20 auto accident, but after throwing two batting-practice sessions this week, Hanson does not seem concerned about the delivery.
"It's not the 'new' delivery anymore," Hanson said. "I've been doing it for a while. So it doesn't feel new anymore. It feels like I've been doing it. So I wouldn't say I'm anxious to try out the new delivery. I'm just anxious to get out there and pitch again."
Sunday will mark the first time Hanson has pitched in a competitive setting since his shoulder discomfort sidelined him after his Aug. 6 start against the Mets. The 25-year-old pitcher did not experience any problems with his shoulder as he completed six bullpen sessions before coming to Spring Training.