ST. LOUIS -- Atlanta right-hander Tommy Hanson threw 20 pitches off a mound Sunday and said he felt fine afterward.

"I'm happy, it went well," Hanson said after the Braves' 6-3 loss to the Cardinals.

If Hanson does not experience any soreness on Monday, he will push forward. He is expected to throw a slightly longer session on Tuesday. If all goes well, a trip to the Instructional League would be the next step.

Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez would like for Hanson to get at least one regular-season start under his belt before postseason play. Hanson is suffering from a slight rotator cuff tear that does not require surgery. He last pitched on Aug. 6, allowing seven earned runs in 3 1/3 innings of an 11-7 loss to the Mets.

His ERA stood at 2.44 on July 9 before he endured a stretch of 24 runs in 26 2/3 innings.

Hanson was somewhat concerned entering Sunday's workout, but he came out with a positive attitude.

"I was nervous, I didn't know what was going to happen," he said.

After missing most of '11, Moylan pitching well

ST. LOUIS -- The Aussie has returned to form after missing 123 games with a lower back strain.

Braves reliever Peter Moylan threw a scoreless inning in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Cardinals. It was his third performance since returning to the roster on Sept. 4.

"Every time I go out there, I feel better," Moylan said. "I'm as close to 100 percent as I'm going to get."

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is happy with Moylan's progress.

"He's looked good," he said. "I'd say he's about to where he was before."

Moylan, a right-hander, recorded a perfect inning on Monday in his return. He was saddled with his first loss of the season Wednesday in Philadelphia, but he bounced back Friday with his second scoreless frame in three outings.

"We're going to need him down the stretch," Gonzalez said.

McCann appears to be rounding into form

ST. LOUIS -- Catcher Brian McCann, who struggled after coming off the disabled list on Aug. 14, appears to be rounding into form.

McCann drove in a run in each of the Braves' first two games of the series against the Cardinals after going 5-for-36 in his first 10 games off the disabled list.

"I'm feeling a lot better," McCann said. "My swing is back."

The Most Valuable Player of the 2010 All-Star Game, McCann missed 16 games with a strained oblique muscle. He began the eight-game road trip with just two hits in his first 14 at-bats.

"I'm where I want to be going into this last stretch," he said.