Atlanta Braves super prospect Tommy Hanson will make his major-league debut today against the Milwaukee Brewers.
The 6-foot-6 righthander made only 11 triple-A appearances. He will start on the day that would have been the season debut for two-time Cy Young Award winner Tom Glavine, but the 305-game winner was released Wednesday.
At triple-A Gwinnett, Hanson had 90 strikeouts in 661/3 innings and allowed only 40 hits. His ERA was 1.49.
Nationals. Joel Hanrahan lost his job as Washington's closer for the second time this season.
Manager Manny Acta said yesterday that Mike MacDougal would take over the role.
Hanrahan was 0-3 with a 6.84 ERA in 27 games. He started the season as the closer, was demoted to middle relief in late April, then was restored to the post in mid-May. He had allowed runs in each of his last three outings.
Reds. Cincinnati recalled lefthander Matt Maloney from triple-A Louisville to start last night against the Chicago Cubs. He lasted six innings and gave up two runs in a game the Reds won, 4-3, in 11 innings.
Maloney made his debut after going 4-3 with a 2.00 ERA in 10 starts for Louisville.
Red Sox. John Smoltz allowed one hit and a run while pitching six innings for the triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox in a rehabilitation start against Durham.
The rehab start was the righthander's fourth overall, but his first for Pawtucket and his longest to date.
Smoltz is recovering from surgery last June to repair a torn labrum (cartilage).
Athletics. Nomar Garciaparra won't come off Oakland's disabled list when he is eligible tomorrow.
He is on the DL for the second time this season with a strained right calf. He took batting practice yesterday but has yet to test his legs running.