02/22/12 3:59 PM EST
Hanson likely to rest through weekend
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
Hanson may make an appearance at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex on Thursday. But his physical activity will likely be limited to the exercise bike. The Braves want him to gradually work his way back and get as much rest as possible over the next few days.
Braves pitcher Kris Medlen said Hanson has been sleeping a lot over the past couple days when he has returned to the residence they are sharing during Spring Training.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez remains hopeful that Hanson will be ready at the start of the season as long as he is able to resume normal activities next week.
"We'll see how Spring Training goes, but I don't think it's going to affect him much," Gonzalez said.
If Hanson needs a few additional days to get ready for the season, the Braves could push him to the back end of the rotation or potentially skip his first turn. This would likely mean Jair Jurrjens would get the Opening Day start against the Mets on April 5.
Jurrjens' previously ailing right knee has responded well as he has been wearing a knee brace and orthotics in both shoes during the early days of Spring Training.
"He's done all the [pitchers' fielding practice] and the comebackers," Gonzalez said. "He's thrown [batting practice]. I haven't seen him favor that knee at all. I'm pretty sure some days will be better than others. But so far, he looks good."
Bourn ready to help Braves turn the page
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Braves center fielder Michael Bourn and Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford have been friends since they began playing baseball together as kids in Houston. When they were reunited during the early days of this past offseason, they did not spend much time talking about the historic collapses their respective teams had just experienced.
"It's crazy it happened to both our teams like that, but it did," Bourn said. "Nobody likes losing. We didn't like it at the time. We don't like it now. But you know, that's what the offseason is for, to get over that part of it and get ready to go for the next season. There is nothing you can do about the past. As much as you're mad at it or wish you could change it, you can't."
Bourn arrived Wednesday morning to experience his first Spring Training with the Braves. As the speedy outfielder prepares for the possibility of becoming a free agent at the end of the year, he does not know if this will be his last spring with Atlanta. He said there have not been any contract discussions.
"That's just part of the game," Bourn said. "You need to deal with it how it comes. I'm just worried about getting in shape for the season."
The Braves acquired Bourn from the Astros last July 31 with the hope that he would help push them toward the playoffs. While hitting .284 with a .328 on-base percentage in August, he helped Atlanta carry an 8 1/2-game Wild Card lead into September.
But while hitting .222 with a .288 on-base percentage in his final 13 games, Bourn simply added to the widespread offensive woes that kept the Braves out of the playoffs.
"You can't even explain it," Bourn said. "You're in here when it's going on and you're just like, 'Man, we can't explain it."
Bourn believes the opportunity to get to know his teammates better during Spring Training will help him feel even more comfortable when the season begins and the Braves attempt to make amends for what happened last year.
"We've got pretty much the same players," Bourn said. "Chemistry plays a big part. I think we'll be all right."
Teheran, Delgado not likely to be in 'pen
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez recently said there was a possibility that Julio Teheran or Randall Delgado could begin the season in Atlanta's bullpen if they are not in the starting rotation. But it now sounds like both of these highly regarded prospects will be in a starting role for either Atlanta or Triple-A Gwinnett to begin the season.
"They need the innings," Gonzalez said. "We'll do what is best for their development."
With Tim Hudson likely to miss at least the season's first month as he recovers from a November back surgery, there is a good chance that either Teheran or Delgado will likely begin the season in the starting rotation. There is also a chance both could begin the year in Atlanta's rotation if Tommy Hanson is not deemed ready or Mike Minor falters during Spring Training.
The Braves' bullpen will likely include closer Craig Kimbrel, Jonny Venters, Eric O'Flaherty, Kris Medlen and Cristhian Martinez. Arodys Vizcaino, Anthony Varvaro and left-handed pitcher Robert Fish are among the top candidates for the final two bullpen spots.
Shortstop Tyler Pastornicky is the only projected starting position player who has not yet reported to camp. Position players are not required to report until Friday. ... Top pitching prospect Julio Teheran will wear No. 27 this year. ... Gonzalez said Jose Constanza will definitely be in the mix to win the final bench spot. Constanza would give the Braves speed off the bench and a legitimate backup in center field for Michael Bourn.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.