Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson
registered a 3.33 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 173 strikeouts over 34 starts last season, pitching his way into the rung of baseball's elite fantasy pitchers. He has continued that theme of dominance here in 2011 with a 2.48 ERA and 89 strikeouts through his first 83 1/3 frames.
Unfortunately, it's all going to be put on hold for a bit.
The Braves announced Thursday evening that Hanson has been scratched from his scheduled Friday start against the Rangers due to shoulder tendinitis and that 21-year-old prospect Randall Delgado
will take the mound in his place.
The hope is that Hanson is only dealing with a routine case of shoulder soreness and will be ready to return on his next turn through the Atlanta rotation. But there's no way of knowing for sure. He'll be evaluated over the next two or three days before the Braves make a decision.
Delgado, a native of Panama, was ranked as the 35th-best prospect this past winter by Baseball America
and has posted a 3.54 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 73-plus innings this season with Double-A Mississippi. He fanned 162 batters in 161 innings last year between Single-A and Double-A. Friday's major league debut will come against a dangerous Texas lineup and should be avoided for fantasy purposes, but Delgado is a guy worth monitoring for the future. The Braves have a surplus of quality young arms.
This is Friday's edition of the Daily Dose, and it's heavy on injured pitchers...
* Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz
was pulled after throwing just 81 pitches Thursday against the Rays due to tightness in his lower back. He surrendered only two Tampa Bay hits in five quality innings and possesses a healthy 3.48 ERA through 14 starts this season, but the back problems that crept up on him in late May are not going away. With Andrew Miller
arriving in the big leagues early next week, the Red Sox may go ahead and skip Buchholz's next turn in the rotation as a precautionary measure. A little mid-June break could be good for the talented 26-year-old.
* White Sox starter Jake Peavy
made a highly successful rehab appearance on Thursday night with Triple-A Charlotte, racking up nine strikeouts while throwing six scoreless innings. He allowed just two hits. Manager Ozzie Guillen told reporters on Wednesday that Peavy might require more than one rehab start, but the 30-year-old right-hander pitched so well in his debut that we get the feeling he might be cleared to return to the major leagues next week. Peavy has obviously struggled to stay healthy since donning a White Sox uniform, but he has a 0.97 WHIP and a 20/4 K/BB ratio in 29 innings this season and is a must-start when not on the disabled list.National League Quick Hits:
Braves veteran Chipper Jones
is day-to-day with a groin strain … Adam LaRoche
underwent season-ending surgery on his left shoulder Thursday in the nation's capital … Cardinals third baseman David Freese
is aiming to begin a minor league rehab assignment early next week … Brandon Beachy
allowed just one run Thursday in a five-inning rehab start at Triple-A Gwinnett … Danny Espinosa
hit a walkoff three-run homer Thursday to help the Nationals finish off a sweep of the Cardinals … Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez
blew his second save of the season Thursday in an extra innings loss to the Braves … Matt Holliday
returned from the disabled list Thursday and homered in his first plate appearance … St. Louis setup man Eduardo Sanchez
has been placed on the disabled list with a sore shoulder … The Phillies signed Tim Redding
to a minor league contract … Geoff Blum
has begun taking batting practice and is aiming to return from the disabled list in early July … The Mets have not ruled out taking a chance on left-hander Scott Kazmir
… Cardinals utilityman Nick Punto
is aiming to begin a rehab assignment next week … The Cardinals reportedly have interest in left-handed reliever J.C. Romero
… Zack Greinke
was shelled for six earned runs Thursday in a loss to the Cubs … Chris Snyder
and his wife were victims of a recent road rage incident … The Astros released catcher Max Ramirez
.American League Quick Hits:
The Twins activated catcher Joe Mauer
from the 60-day disabled list … Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon
notched his 13th save of the season Thursday in a win over the Rays … A's second baseman Mark Ellis
will begin a minor league rehab assignment this weekend at Triple-A Sacramento … Adrian Gonzalez
recorded his 61st RBI in Thursday's victory over Tampa Bay … White Sox DH Adam Dunn
is expected to play some outfield during interleague play … C.J. Wilson
fanned 10 batters Thursday in an eight-inning start against the Yankees … Jed Lowrie
could be headed for the disabled list with a shoulder injury … Franklin Morales
is nearly ready to return to the Boston bullpen … Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge
has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment … Gio Gonzalez
battled through a flu-like illness and struck out 10 batters Thursday in a victory over Kansas City … Max Scherzer
earned his ninth win of the season Thursday in the Tigers' win over the Indians … Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie
is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his back Friday … Darren O'Day threw a successful live batting practice session Thursday and is nearing a return from the disabled list.