Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Monday, March 12th

Caveman throws, rain or shine.

Your one-page daily morning overview of Atlanta Braves news:

Hanson doesn't let weather rain on his parade | braves.com: News
"The first inning was a lot more fun than the second," Hanson said. "I was getting balls that were soaked and wet and the mound was drenched. But it was still fun. When I was out there, I was just laughing about it because I was glad to be back out there on the mound. It was fun to compete again. It was one of those conditions where I didn't really care what happened because it didn't matter. It was almost like I was a little kid playing in the rain again."

Rain disrupts Hanson’s long-awaited return | Atlanta Braves
"You can’t really get a good judge [from the game] in that weather, but his bullpen was really good," Ross said. "Slider was sharp, fastball was jumping out of his hand. I saw on the radar gun where he hit 91 [mph] early. I don’t look at that much, but… "I called a lot of fastballs because you can’t even grip a slider, much less throw it with some conviction [when it’s that wet]," Ross said. "He looked good in the bullpen [warming up, when it wasn’t raining]. It’s hard to perform in those kind of conditions." Several scouts watching the game said they were surprised by how little difference there was in Hanson’s windup, after reading about changes he’d made in his delivery. Asked about the changes in Hanson’s mechanics, Ross said it was more noticeable from the stretch than the windup.

Hudson feels he's ready for 'pen sessions | braves.com: News
"I don't feel like there has been any setback since the last time I saw the doctor, which means things are still healing up," Hudson said. "If it would have gotten real sore or something felt different, there might have been a setback. But there wasn't any of that."

Uggla using agresssive approach at plate | braves.com: News
"I'm not trying to worry about going deep into counts in the spring," Uggla said. "It took me 12 years to figure out, it might be more important to get on time with that fastball. That's what I saw Chipper and Mac doing last year. They're going up there hacking at the first or second pitch they see. They both got off to good starts. I was like, 'Man, you know what, they've got something figured out.'"

Braves shortstop prospect Andrelton Simmons dazzling with defense this spring | braves.com: News
"This kid has got it all," Braves third baseman Chipper Jones said. "When you haven't played a game above [Class] A ball and everybody who sees you says you're Major League-ready defensively, that's saying something."

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