NEW YORK -- Tommy Hanson will be on regular rest when he returns to the mound to make his second start of the season on Tuesday against the Astros. The Braves made the decision after Hanson threw just 83 pitches during Thursday's Opening Day start against the Mets.
"We wanted him to go on his normal day," Gonzalez said. "But we were waiting to hear from him today, because it's different than pitching in Spring Training. You've got the Opening Day jitters and all of that. But he said, 'I'm not even sore.'"
Hanson has not been bothered by the right shoulder discomfort that sidelined him for the final seven weeks of last season. But if he had needed an extra day of rest, the Braves could have brought him back a day later on Wednesday without messing up their starting rotation.
With Hanson now scheduled to start on Tuesday, fifth starter Randall Delgado will make his regular-season debut on Wednesday against the Astros. Delgado threw approximately 32 pitches during what amounted to a live batting-practice session on Friday.