Hanson threw a bullpen session without pain Saturday, three days after throwing 59 pitches in a rehabilitation start for Single-A Inland Empire.
The Angels needed a fresh arm to start Tuesday’s game, their fifth after the All-Star break. Right-handed relievers Garrett Richards and Billy Buckner have started in the past, but the Angels decided to go with Hanson, who’s expected to be part of the rotation the remainder of the season.
“I think it’s an important first step,” Scioscia said. “We’ve got Weave, C.J., hopefully Jerome getting back on track — we’ve got some guys that can help us do what we need to do in the second half, but it’s going to take five.
“Joe Blanton, Tommy Hanson, getting Jason Vargas back — the biggest thing is depth one through five in our rotation. You can talk about needing a sixth or a seventh (starter), but the biggest thing is having one through five and getting those guys going.”
Hanson will likely be on a strict pitch count in the range of 80-100 pitches, but Scioscia wouldn’t say exactly what that pitch count will be.
The Angels play 20 consecutive days without a day off after the All-Star break, so Hanson’s return lines up their rotation through August 7.