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Tommy Hanson passes away after falling into coma

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Multiple sources confirmed that Tommy Hanson passed away Monday evening after suffering catastrophic organ failure and falling into a coma.

He was 29 years old.

A 6-foot-6 right-hander, Hanson debuted with the Braves in 2009, finishing third in the NL Rookie of the Year balloting after going 11-4 with a 2.89 ERA. He was one of the National League’s best pitchers in the first half of 2011 before injuring his shoulder and missing the final two months.

Hanson returned in 2012 with diminished stuff, yet won 13 games with a 4.48 ERA anyway. The Braves traded him to the Angels after the season, and he struggled mightily in Anaheim, amassing a 5.42 ERA in 13 starts and two relief appearances. He never pitched in the majors again, though he did spend time with the Triple-A affiliates of the White Sox in 2014 and Giants in 2015.

HardballTalk extends its deepest condolences to Hanson’s friends and family.

Dellin Betances to open season on injured list

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Tuesday that reliever Dellin Betances will begin the regular season on the injured list due to inflammation and impingement in his right shoulder, the YES Network’s Jack Curry reports. Curry adds that Betances will try throwing again in three to five days.

Betances, who turns 31 years old later this month, has allowed two runs on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings this spring. He has experienced diminished fastball velocity, which is now explained by his injury. The right-hander is coming off of another excellent season in which he posted a 2.70 ERA with 115 strikeouts and 26 walks across 66 2/3 innings.

Fortunately, the Yankees have more than enough depth in the bullpen to withstand Betances’ absence. Aroldis Chapman, Adam Ottavino, and Zach Britton will handle the late innings and Betances will slot back in whenever he is healthy.