Hanson proves strong enough to start
After making it through his warmup session in the bullpen, Tommy Hanson has taken the mound to make this afternoon’s start against the Red Sox.
With Hanson battling the flu, the Braves were prepared to go with Kris Medlen.
The Braves also announced this morning that they’ll skip Kenshin Kawakami’s next turn in the rotation. Thus, Derek Lowe will start Tuesday’s series opener against the Phillies on regular rest. Jair Jurrjens and Javier Vazquez will start the final two games against the defending world champs.
Kawakami, who was struck on the right side of his neck with a Joba Chamberlain line drive on Wednesday, will start Friday’s series opener against the Nationals in Washington D.C. This arrangement will allow Hanson to start the following day with an extra day of rest.