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.