From David O’Brien of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution comes word that Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson was nailed in the eye with a ricocheted ball while taking batting practice before Game 1 of the NLDS Thursday in San Francisco.
Hanson, scheduled to start Game 2 on Friday, was hustled into the Braves’ clubhouse for further examination by the Atlanta medical team. For now, he’s still on tap to pitch tomorrow, but skipper Bobby Cox could always flip him with Game 3 starter Tim Hudson if there is too much swelling in the youngster’s eye socket.
Hanson, 27, posted an impressive 3.33 ERA and 1.17 WHIP over 34 starts this season, striking out 173 batters and walking only 56 over 202.2 total frames.
UPDATE: O’Brien says Hanson is expected to be fine for his Game 2 start.