MRI finds no structural damage in Tommy Hanson’s shoulder


Tommy Hanson has already been scratched from Friday’s scheduled start and received a cortisone injection because of shoulder problems, but the Braves got some good news yesterday when an MRI exam revealed no structural damage.

According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the current plan is for Hanson to avoid the disabled list and potentially rejoin the rotation as soon as Tuesday against the Giants.

However, while a tendinitis diagnosis is positive news for Hanson his struggles since the All-Star break remain worrisome for the previously dominant 24-year-old right-hander. He’s allowed 23 runs in 27 innings since the break while opponents hit .313 with a .970 OPS off him.

Mike Minor will start in Hanson’s place tomorrow.

Blue Jays name J.A. Happ their Opening Day starter

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The Toronto Blue Jays have named J.A. Happ their Opening Day starter. He’ll face off against Luis Severino and the New York Yankees on March 29 in Toronto.

Based on last season’s stats you’d assume Marcus Stroman would get the Opening Day assignment, but he has been slowed by a right shoulder inflammation this spring. He’ll get three extra days rest to start the season and start the finale of the four-game series against the Yankees. After Happ will come Aaron Sanchez and Marco Estrada. Jaime Garcia will be the fifth starter.

Happ, 35, is entering the final year of a three-year, $36 million deal.  He went 10-11 with a 3.53 ERA in 25 starts last season.