Hanson suffers mild concussion
Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson will miss at least a few more days of Spring Training workouts as he recovers from a mild concussion suffered during an early Monday morning auto accident.
Hanson will be evaluated after having a chance to rest for 48 hours. If he is no longer feeling dizzy or showing any other concussion symptoms at that time, he will be cleared to gradually work toward normal workouts. The first day he is cleared he will likely do something like ride a stationary bike for 10 minutes.
As long as Hanson does not suffer any setbacks, he could resume his workouts by this weekend or early next week. Either way, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez does not believe the 25-year-old pitcher will be behind schedule.
“If everything progresses like we think it will, he’ll be fine,” Gonzalez said. “The thing (our trainers) do not want to do is bring him back too early and then he gets dizzy because of the concussion. It’s just a natural progression.”
Hanson threw off the mound multiple times over the past month while he was altering his delivery in attempt to lessen strain on his previously-ailing right shoulder. His shoulder caused him to miss the final two months of the 2011 season. But he has not experienced any recent discomfort.
Hanson was involved in a one-car accident around 7 a.m. ET Monday while traveling to the Braves Spring Training complex. He blew a tire and went off the road. It is still not know whether he suffered the mild concussion by hitting his head or simply jarring it.
Gonzalez said Hanson’s concussion is listed as Grade 1 — the lowest grade.