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The X-Factor
Tim Crothers
March 23, 1998
Although he was Toronto's starting pitcher on Opening Day just two years ago, Erik Hanson had to fight for the fourth or fifth spot in the Blue Jays rotation this spring. That's what happens when you undergo rotator-cuff surgery, as Hanson did last May, and miss most of the season. But if Hanson logs more than 170 innings this season, that will be a sure sign that he's healthy and has regained his form. And if he does that (he's had 15-and 18-win seasons), the Jays will have one of the best fourth starters around and be a team nobody wants to face in the playoffs.
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March 23, 1998

The X-factor

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Although he was Toronto's starting pitcher on Opening Day just two years ago, Erik Hanson had to fight for the fourth or fifth spot in the Blue Jays rotation this spring. That's what happens when you undergo rotator-cuff surgery, as Hanson did last May, and miss most of the season. But if Hanson logs more than 170 innings this season, that will be a sure sign that he's healthy and has regained his form. And if he does that (he's had 15-and 18-win seasons), the Jays will have one of the best fourth starters around and be a team nobody wants to face in the playoffs.

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