Tommy Hanson has bullpen session scrapped due to shoulder soreness

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It’s officially time to worry about Tommy Hanson.

According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Hanson was scratched from his scheduled bullpen session this evening due to lingering shoulder soreness. The young right-hander threw just nine pitches in an abbreviated bullpen session yesterday, but insisted that his shoulder was fine. Apparently not.

Hanson has served two stints on the disabled list this season due to shoulder soreness. He will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis for now, but the Braves have cancelled plans for a rehab start Saturday with Triple-A Gwinnett.

Mike Minor will continue to take his place in the starting rotation for now and Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado represent alternatives in September if Hanson requires a lengthier absence. It’s a good thing Frank Wren didn’t include any of his promising arms in the deal for Michael Bourn, because the Braves may need them.

Phillies owner John Middleton is in Las Vegas with Bryce Harper

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Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that Phillies owner John Middleton flew to Las Vegas for a meeting with Bryce Harper on Friday. Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, it’s “more of a meet-and-greet than a sign-a-deal” affair, but as the club is still at the forefront of trade rumors involving the All-Star slugger, there remains a possibility (however slight) that something could be completed in the days to come.

Even now, the Phillies aren’t alone in the race to sign Harper, but recent rumors have helped whittle down the competition from five or more teams (Phillies, Nationals, White Sox, Giants, and Padres) to three strong contenders. The Giants are said to be interested in a lucrative short-term deal with the outfielder, while the Padres remain in the conversation despite inking Manny Machado to a mammoth 10-year, $300 million contract this week. It’s not yet clear just how far either team would go to outbid Philadelphia as talks with Harper intensify.

As for the Nationals and White Sox, the former officially bowed out earlier today, and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman adds that the latter won’t make a strong play for Harper as they feel the asking price and competing offers are “getting too high” for the 26-year-old’s services. If a mystery team is still in the mix, there’s been no word on their standing with Harper in the last month or so.