Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson made it through a bullpen session Friday without feeling any sort of pain or discomfort in his once-sore throwing shoulder. As such, he has been cleared to return to the Atlanta starting rotation on Tuesday against the Mariners.
The good news comes via beat writer David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Hanson was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 17 with right shoulder tendinitis and will wind up missing only two starts. The 24-year-old returns to a stellar 8-4 record, 2.48 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. He has held opponents to a .189 batting average while racking up 89 strikeouts in 83 1/3 total innings.
As of Sunday morning, the Braves are four games back of the Phillies in the National League East.
Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.
Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.
Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.
The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.
Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.
Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.