Tommy Hanson scratched from start against White Sox, will throw minor-league game.

Tommy Hanson

Angels starting pitcher Tommy Hanson throw to the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of a spring training baseball game in Tempe, Ariz., on Wednesday. (Chris Carlson/Associated Press)

Tommy Hanson is healthy and is scheduled to throw six innings and 80-90 pitches today.

It just won’t come in the Angels’ Cactus League game against the Chicago White Sox. He’ll pitch in a minor-league game instead, as manager Mike Scioscia wanted to ensure that Hanson, the Angels’ projected fifth starter, gets fully stretched out in his second-to-last start of the spring.

“We need to get him into a controlled environment,” Scioscia said. “It’s an important outing to get him into a little more — not only length as far as pitches — but innings. It’s difficult if you’re up to 90 pitches.”

Hanson’s last start, March 20 against the Cleveland Indians, was over after three innings when the right-hander experienced some pain in his right triceps muscle. Angels pitchers have had trouble lasting deep into games in terms of innings; even ace Jered Weaver‘s last outing lasted only two innings and C.J. Wilson‘s 2 ⅔, so maybe the team is a little spooked about the possibility of it happening again to Hansen, who hasn’t gone more than four innings in a start this spring.

The minor-league game offers a safeguard on two fronts. One, by facing lesser hitters, it reduces the risk that Hanson will get knocked out of the game early. Two, in case his triceps injury flares up again, the Angels could backdate Hanson’s time on the disabled list to the maximum nine days before Opening Day. The Angels have two off-days in their first eight days of the season, so they could use that luxury to push back Hanson’s first regular-season start, too.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.