LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Braves will show caution with Tommy Hanson as he recovers from a mild concussion that he suffered when he was involved in a one-car accident early Monday morning.
Hanson was diagnosed with a Grade 1 concussion, which ranks as the lowest on the scale. The 25-year-old pitcher will be evaluated again after he has a chance to rest for 48 hours. He will gradually progress toward normal activity once he is no longer showing any concussion symptoms.
As long as Hanson does not suffer any setbacks, he could begin participating in workouts again by this weekend or early next week. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez does not believe this will put the 25-year-old pitcher 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 was excited to get his Spring Training workouts started after missing the final two months of the 2011 season because of his previously ailing right shoulder. He threw off the mound multiple times over the past month while altering his delivery in an attempt to lessen the strain on his shoulder.
Gonzalez said Hanson does not remember whether he hit his head after he blew a tire and went off the road while traveling to the Braves' Spring Training complex around 7 a.m. ET on Monday.
Hanson arrived at the complex a short time later and was prepared to participate in Monday's workout before informing Atlanta's medical staff that he did not feel right. He was then sent to an area doctor who diagnosed the mild concussion.
Braves like their organizational catching depth
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Christian Bethancourt has earned the attention he has garnered from multiple media outlets, including MLB.com, which ranks him as the game's seventh-best catching prospect.
But as the first two days of Spring Training have passed, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has learned Bethancourt is not the organization's only impressive catching prospect. Evan Gattis has also drawn some attention during batting practice by providing a glimpse of the power he displayed while dominating Class A South Atlantic League pitching last year.
"I was telling [roving catching instructor] Joe Breeden, 'Man, we've finally got some guys that look like catchers,'" Gonzalez said. "Gattis looks like a monster. Bethancourt looks like he could put some weight on him."
While the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Bethancourt has an athletic frame that could comfortably carry an additional 20 pounds of muscle, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Gattis already provides the appearance of an NFL fullback. He also seems to possess a fullback's mindset, as he hits without batting gloves.
Already 25 years old, Gattis is not going to gain highly-regarded-prospect status. But after winning the SAL batting title with a .322 batting average and belting 22 homers in just 88 games for Rome last year, he at least provided the Braves a little more reason to feel good about the catching depth in their organization.
Former Brave Lopez in camp as instructor
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Eight seasons have passed since Javy Lopez ended his reign as Atlanta's starting catcher. But everything seemed normal as he strolled through the Braves' clubhouse wearing his familiar No. 8 jersey on Tuesday morning.
"Every year, this is like home," Lopez said. "It is fun to be around the players, hang out with them and try to bring back the memories. It's always good to be here."
Lopez, who played in Atlanta from 1994-2003, is currently spending a week in Braves camp as a special Spring Training instructor. The experience could benefit him as he hopes to one day land a coaching job or a role as a roving instructor.
"At some point, I will get into coaching," Lopez said. "It's what I know."
Lopez hit .287 with 214 home runs and a .502 slugging percentage during his 12-year career with the Braves. He earned three All-Star selections during this span and won the Silver Slugger Award, when he hit .328 with 43 homers and 109 RBIs, in 2003.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.