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Braves duo taking key step today

ATLANTA — Injured Braves RHPs Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens are taking their next steps in hopes of returning to Atlanta's rotation.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Hanson, sidelined since Aug. 14 with right shoulder tendinitis, will pitch two or three innings — a maximum of 35 pitches — today in the Instructional League at Orlando.

Gonzalez said Jurrjens, out since Aug. 6 with a right knee strain, is scheduled to throw off a mound today in Miami.

Hanson is 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA in 22 starts. Jurrjens, a first-time All-Star, is 13-6 with a 2.96 ERA in 23 starts.

TWINS SHUT DOWN SLUGGER: Twins 1B Justin Morneau won't play again this season because of concussion symptoms and a cyst in his left knee that will be surgicalloy removed this week. Morneau, 30, a former AL MVP who also missed two months of the season because of neck surgery, will have played in only 69 games. He hit .227 with four homers and 30 RBIs, all career lows.

REYNOLDS CALLS OUT SANTANA: Orioles 1B Mark Reynolds says Angels RHP Ervin Santana intentionally threw a fastball at him Saturday, and he felt fortunate to have avoided serious injury after being struck in the helmet. Reynolds homered in the first and was beaned in the third. "I think he hit me on purpose. I don't think he hit me on the head on purpose," Reynolds said. Angels manager Mike Scioscia denied there was intent.

GIANTS: Closer Brian Wilson, out since Aug. 21 with inflammation in his right elbow, was activated.

MARINERS: INF Chone Figgins was shut down for the season because of ongoing discomfort in his right hip. The former Brandon High standout strained his right hip flexor in late July.

METS: Left-handed specialist Tim Byrdak signed a 2012 contract.

REDS: LHP Dontrelle Willis was scratched from his start because of back spasms and was replaced by LHP Matt Maloney.

ROCKIES: LHP Jorge De La Rosa, who had reconstructive elbow surgery on June 3, was cleared to begin a throwing program Sept. 23.

YANKEES: RHP Phil Hughes was scratched from his scheduled start against the Twins tonight because of back spasms. RHP A.J. Burnett will start in his place.

Braves duo taking key step today 09/18/11 [Last modified: Sunday, September 18, 2011 10:34pm]
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