LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Tommy Hanson participated in stretching with his teammates on Tuesday, but that was as far as it could go for the Braves pitcher.
Hanson said he had not passed the concussion test -- missing it "by one or two things" -- and will retake it again on Thursday. If all goes well, the 25-year-old Hanson will throw to live batters and begin his normal routine.
"It's just frustrating because I want to be doing stuff with the rest of the guys," said Hanson, who suffered a Grade-1 concussion in a car accident on Feb. 20. "It was fun to be out there with them during stretching, but that's as much as [team trainers] would let me do."
While Hanson was not able to take part in team activities, he did increase his conditioning and throwing regimen. After throwing three sets of 25 throws from distances of 90, 120 and 150 feet, he ran on the main field in "football-like drills."
With Braves strength and conditioning coach Phil Falco acting as a quarterback of sorts, Hanson ran several different routes of varying distances in the outfield of Champion Stadium. Despite not being able to do the normal baseball routine, Hanson seemed to be in good spirits, joking at times with Falco on his throwing accuracy.
"Yeah, I'm a little upset at my catching skills, though, because I have to step up my game," said the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Hanson. "In all seriousness, though, it was good to break up the routine a bit and do some conditioning in some other ways besides just sprinting back and forth."
Hanson said he hopes to throw off the mound on Wednesday, but it is contingent on how he feels after Tuesday's workout and if team doctors give him the go-ahead.
"I'm definitely looking forward to getting back on a normal schedule," Hanson said.
Kimbrel to help lead kids' cancer charity
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Craig Kimbrel announced Tuesday that he would be putting his pitching skills to good use off the field in a partnership with Curing Kids' Cancer, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding cutting-edge treatments for pediatric cancer.
"I am pleased to announce that I have become the chairman of Players Curing Kids' Cancer, and will be working closely with the charity to achieve their mission," said Kimbrel, who joins a distinguished list of sports figures involved in the organization like ESPN College Gameday co-host Lee Corso, University of South Carolina baseball coach Ray Tanner and Georgia State football coach Bill Curry.
Kimbrel, the unanimous 2011 National League Rookie of the Year Award winner, set the Major League rookie record last season with 46 saves, and recorded 127 strikeouts in just 77 innings.
"We are thrilled to have Craig join our cause," said Grainne Owen, founder and executive director of Curing Kids' Cancer. "He is a talented young man who not only understands the importance of giving back to the community, but he also really appreciates the importance of funding childhood cancer research. We know he's going to make a big impact in raising both funds and awareness nationally for Players Curing Kids' Cancer. He will truly be making a difference in the lives of all the children we help."
Curing Kids' Cancer was inspired by the life of 9-year-old Killian Owen, who lost his battle with leukemia in July 2003. Killian's parents, Clay and Grainne Owen, founded Curing Kids' Cancer in Killian's memory to raise money for cutting edge pediatric cancer research. Since the organization became an official charity in 2005, Curing Kids' Cancer has donated a little more than $2 million to childhood cancer research.
Chris Girandola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.