Hansen allowed one hit and two walks while striking out one over two scoreless innings for High-A Kannapolis.
This was Hansen's first start following his demotion from Double-A Birmingham. Hansen, who led the minor leagues in strikeouts in 2017, hit a developmental road block this year, starting with a right forearm injury in spring training. The 23-year-old right-hander didn't start pitching in game conditions until June and by that time, was all out of rhythm, having walked 42 over 35.2 innings. The White Sox hope Hansen can build off his two-inning outing and finish the season with some positives.
Hansen was transferred from Double-A Birmingham to High-A Kannapolis, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Hansen put up promising numbers in 2017, when he led the minors in strikeouts, but developed soreness in his right forearm during spring training this year and hasn't been right since. He didn't make his first start until June and is 0-4 with a 6.56 ERA and 10.7 BB/9 over 35.2 innings.
Hansen (forearm) was tagged for six runs on nine hits and a walk across 4.2 innings in his season debut for Double-A Birmingham on Saturday. He struck out four during the outing.
Hansen wasn't especially sharp in his season debut, which was delayed after he experienced right forearm tightness during spring training. Assuming Hansen regains velocity in his subsequent outings and shows improved command, he should still be viewed as one of the higher-upside pitching prospects in the White Sox's system. Hansen racked up 191 strikeouts across stops at three different affiliates in 2017 to lead all minor-league pitchers.
Hansen (forearm) will make his first start of the season this weekend for Double-A Birmingham, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Hansen, the organization's second-round pick in 2016, has been working in extended spring training after he was shut down in March with soreness in his forearm. The right-hander breezed though A-level ball in 2017 before making a two-start cameo with the Barons to finish up the season.
Hansen (forearm) will continue to gradually build his arm back up to speed after throwing a bullpen session earlier this week, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Hansen has been sidelined since early March due to forearm soreness but was able to resume a throwing program in April and appears to be nearing a return to game action. It's expected that Hansen will toss a few more bullpen sessions in the coming days, and may require a couple games in extended spring training before joining Double-A Birmingham.
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