Tommy Hanson could return to the Atlanta Braves
Surprise, Ariz – As the Texas Rangers broke camp yesterday they announced they had released starting pitcher Tommy Hanson. Early on Hanson was a favorite to make the starting rotation for the Rangers, but after a several less than decent outing the Rangers cut ties with him. The release doesn’t come as a surprise, the Rangers were on the hook with huge contract obligations if they kept him past Wednesday.
On the mend: Tommy Hanson, and what seemed like every pitcher the Rangers brought in, was on the mend. Hanson has had several stints on the disabled list due to arm and shoulder issues. Last year those issues compounded with the passing of his younger brother. The Los Angeles Angels felt the effects of his on-field and off-field issues.
“I was having mental issues with the death of my younger brother. I was just trying to get through it. I didn’t know how to handle it. That was the first time anything like that had ever happened to me. I didn’t know how to cope with it. … Physically, I feel great. I’m in great shape. I just had to deal with the issues going on in my head.” (NBC Sports – Aaron Gleeman)
The Texas Rangers were hoping to get a renewed Hanson. Jon Daniels had said they have been watching him for a while now, and he could be someone that could make the starting rotation. But, by the time the Rangers broke camp, it was more of the same. Hanson wasn’t get great command or velocity. He pitched himself into several jams by allowing batters to walk on 4 pitches, which lead to runs.
Not all is lost: As bad as it sounds, Hanson did slowly improve. His last outing with the Rangers doesn’t have the best stats, he allowed 7 hits, 7 runs, walked 3 and struck out 5. He was able to go 5.2 innings and threw 96 pitches.
Could be a fit for the Braves: The Atlanta Braves are in a similar injury situation as the Texas Rangers. Back when Hanson was with the Braves, he has his best years. His first three years with the Braves he kept his ERA at or below 3.60. He record at least 10 wins each season with about 160 strike outs each season. Hanson was one of their most dominant pitchers in those days. Hanson isn’t quite the same, but with a renewed attitude, he’s over the passing of his brother and healthy, the Braves could see at least part of the old Hanson return. The Braves are still looking to fill out their number 5 pitcher in the rotation and also a few spots in the bullpen. There could be a scenario where Tommy Hanson makes the roster and is their number 5 guy.
Nothing official: There isn’t anything official from the Atlanta Braves, but they are looking for options. They are considering all options, which includes trades, hitting the waiver wire or free-agents.
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