Tommy Hanson's return to the mound is looking less and less likely by the day. While the pitcher hopes to return in 2011, he has a slight tear in his right shoulder and will miss at least a few more weeks while recovering. He will visit Dr. James Andrews on Monday, though surgery is usually not required.
The ultimate goal is to get Hanson's shoulder completely healthy. If he misses the rest of the season and the playoffs, so be it. Having a pitcher risk even further injury with a bad shoulder or elbow can ruin a career. Just as Dusty Baker or Mark Prior.
It appears Mike Minor will continue to make starts, just as he should. The lefty has been excellent this season since being called up. The oodles of pitching depth the Braves have acquired continues to be even more valuable by the day.
Get well soon, Tommy. We need you.