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Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Tuesday, February 21st

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

Hanson in accident, checked for concussion | braves.com: News
The Braves had not received any updates as of early Monday afternoon. Hanson did not have any noticeable bruises or scrapes. "From what I understand, there was no police report or anything," Gonzalez said. "He just came around the corner a little bit too hot." Gonzalez said he thought Hanson could participate in Tuesday's workout if he did not suffer a concussion.

Medlen prefers starting; Prado shrugs off trade rumors | Atlanta Braves
Kris Medlen prefers to start, but he has the versatility to pitch well in relief and he knows the Braves have top prospects competing for starting jobs. And so the bullpen is where the Braves plan to use him in 2012. However, manager Fredi Gonzalez reiterated Monday that Medlen would get "stretched out" like the projected starters this spring, just in case. "He could jump in there as a starter if he needs to," Gonzalez said. "So we’ll stretch him out, get to four or five innings there at the end [of spring training] like every other starter, and then if everybody is healthy – which is a good sign – then he’ll go to the bullpen and do whatever we want as far as those middle innings."

After winter trade rumors, Prado happy he's back with Braves | Atlanta Braves
"There’s a lot of guys here," said backup catcher David Ross, who thinks there are a couple of reasons for the big turnout. "Spring training is starting a little later, that has a lot to do with it," he said. "I got the itch about a week ago. You usually start your workout stuff at a certain time; I always start hitting and throwing Jan. 1. And this year I even started a couple days earlier because I was bored. "By the time I get around this time, I’m ready to go [to spring training]. You’re over working out, you want to get here and compete. A lot of guys are anxious to get back and get started."

Prado understanding of winter trade rumors | braves.com: News
"I was shocked, but I knew it was going to happen, at least the rumors," Prado said. "This is a business and I love the Braves. They are the team that gave me an opportunity. But I knew at some point of my career this was going to happen. I'm not thinking about that. This is something I can't control. Whatever their decision was, I was going to respect that."

Gilmartin excited for first Spring Training | braves.com: News
As Sean Gilmartin drove toward the Braves' Spring Training complex Sunday, he thought about the fact that he had been preparing to face Virginia Military Institute around this same time last year. Now he found himself preparing to rub elbows with Chipper Jones and soak in the thrill of his first big league Spring Training. "I don't know what to expect, but I guess it will all work itself out," Gilmartin said. "It will be fun."