Alen Hanson has been out for the past five games due to an unknown reason. John Dreker reported that it wasn't injury related. Today, Cory Giger reported that Hanson was out due to undisclosed disciplinary reasons.
This is not the first time I've heard this. Last night I was contacted by an NL scout who was in Altoona, wondering if I had heard about Hanson's suspension for disciplinary reasons. However, the Pirates are saying that Hanson is only out to work on things. Rob Biertempfel quotes Kyle Stark, who said the shortstop is not suspended.
This wouldn't be the first time Hanson was out for multiple days to work on things. He did the same thing last year, taking three days off at the start of the season after a horrible start to the year on both offense and defense. However, this absence is much longer.
Giger does bring up a good point in response. Alto...
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