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BRAVES: Manager Fredi Gonzalez says he’s still hoping Tommy Hanson can return to the rotation next month.

An MRI on Friday showed a small tear in Hanson’s right rotator cuff that won’t require surgery. Hanson met with Dr. James Andrews on Monday and says he has been told he has “normal wear and tear” in the shoulder.

Hanson has been on the disabled list since Aug. 7 and says he has been cleared to start rehabbing.

COURTS: Barry Bonds will be back in federal court on Dec. 16 to be sentenced for his felony obstruction of justice conviction.

A jury convicted Bonds in April of giving an evasive, rambling reply when asked whether he received drugs that required a syringe. Jurors couldn’t unanimously decide three other perjury charges alleging that Bonds lied to the grand jury when he denied knowingly taking human growth hormone, steroids and receiving injections from anyone but his doctor.

His conviction carries a possible sentence of up to 10 years in prison, yet federal guidelines call for 15-21 months.

NATIONALS: Washington manager Davey Johnson confirmed plans for Stephen Strasburg to make his first 2011 start for the Nationals on Sept. 6.

Strasburg will start for Double-A Harrisburg on Thursday. It is expected to be his final rehab appearance in his comeback from Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.

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