Angels send Tommy Hanson to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Tommy Hanson

Tommy Hanson went 4-3 in 13 starts for the Angels this season. He was sent to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday.

The Angels optioned Tommy Hanson to Triple-A Salt Lake after losing 2-1 to the New York Yankees on Monday, making room for Jason Vargas to be activated from the disabled list so he can start tomorrow.

Hanson is 4-3 with a 5.59 earned-run average in 13 starts for the Angels. He missed time early in the season while on the bereavement list and nearly a month — from June 20 to July 23 — on the disabled list with a forearm injury.
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Angels back to a three-man bench, for now.

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Tommy Hanson starts for the Angels tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Angels are carrying 13 pitchers and only three position players on their bench. The unusual configuration began 10 days ago, when pitcher Tommy Hanson was activated from the disabled list and infielder Brendan Harris was designated for assignment.

The Angels carried one extra pitcher for parts of the first half too, particularly when the bullpen was being overused by manager Mike Scioscia‘s standards. It was out of necessity — the Angels’ starting pitchers rarely lasted beyond six innings — and that’s the case again.
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Angels rookie Michael Roth is a reliever. For now.

Michael Roth

Michael Roth has four made consecutive scoreless relief appearances for the Angels. (Getty Images)

Just as Michael Roth is figuring things out as a reliever, his future as a starting pitcher might get in the way.

There’s no question the Angels have a decision to make on their second-round draft pick from a year ago, whose scoreless inning Sunday marked his fourth straight appearance without allowing a run. “I’ve been on time, rhythm wise,” he said.

Yet the 23-year-old left-hander was drafted as a starting pitcher out of the University of South Carolina, and that’s how he has been used during his brief time in the minors.
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Tommy Hanson will start Tuesday for the Angels.

Tommy HansonRight-hander Tommy Hanson, who is currently on the disabled list with a strained right forearm, will start Tuesday for the Angels against the Minnesota Twins, manager Mike Scioscia said.

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.

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Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and Jerome Williams will start this weekend.

The Angels announced their pitching rotation for this weekend’s series against the Oakland A’s at Angel Stadium:

Friday: RHP A.J. Griffin (8-6, 3.68) vs. RHP Jered Weaver (3-5, 3.63)
Saturday: RHP Dan Straily (6-2, 4.28) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (9-6, 3.37)
Sunday: RHP Bartolo Colon (12-3, 2.70) vs. RHP Jerome Williams (5-5, 4.60)

Also, Tommy Hanson is starting tomorrow night for the Single-A Inland Empire 66ers on a rehabilitation assignment. The 66ers are hosting the Lancaster JetHawks at San Manuel Stadium.

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The Angels will temporarily employ a six-man rotation. Then what?

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Jered Weaver (left) and C.J. Wilson (center) are assured of spots when the Angels go back to a five-man rotation (Getty Images).

Save the date: June 7.

That’s when the Angels will begin a six-game road trip through Boston and Baltimore. It’s also the next time the Angels will employ a five-man rotation.
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Tommy Hanson’s head is clear, arm is ready for possible Friday start.

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Angels right-hander Tommy Hanson admitted Tuesday he wasn’t right mentally in his last start. (Associated Press)

Major League Baseball’s bereavement leave is limited to a maximum of seven days, but sometimes seven days isn’t enough.

That was the case for Angels pitcher Tommy Hanson, who made two starts after the death of his stepbrother in April. The first was in Oakland and Hanson pitched well, allowing one run in six innings. The second was at home against Baltimore on May 4 and it didn’t go so well. Hanson allowed seven hits and three runs in five innings, and the Angels went on to lose 5-4.

“Chris (Iannetta) came out and asked if I felt all right,” Hanson said. “Everyone said I looked like a zombie. I felt like one too. They wanted me to step away, get right and not rush anything.”

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Angels pitcher Sean Burnett returning to the disabled list with elbow inflammation.

Sean BurnettAngels pitcher Sean Burnett had surgery to remove bone spurs in his left elbow last October and is still dealing with the aftereffects.

An examination Tuesday revealed inflammation in the back of the elbow, and the Angels placed Burnett on the disabled list for the second time this season. Even though the source of pain has been different, both of Burnett’s DL stints have been related to the surgically repaired elbow, which has cost him 22 games already.

“It just all relates to that surgery I had,” he said. “My elbow’s got more movement to do. It’s inflaming itself, just reacting to that space. It’s used to those bone spurs being there.”

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Tommy Hanson’s next start will be for the Angels. Who will he replace?

Tommy Hanson’s next start will be with the Angels, manager Mike Scioscia said Monday.

Hanson threw a five-inning, 75-pitch simulated game last Saturday in Arizona. The right-hander has been on the restricted list since May 10 as he deals with the aftermath of his stepbrother’s death. But with Hanson coming back, it could put additional pressure on Tuesday’s starter, Joe Blanton.

Blanton signed a one-year, $3.725 million contract in the off-season but has done little to justify keeping his spot in the rotation. The right-hander is 1-7 with a 6.19 earned-run average; his loss total and ERA rank second and third from the bottom of the American League, respectively.

Jerome Williams began the season in the Angels’ bullpen but has gone 3-1 with a 3.19 earned-run average as a starter. Williams’ next turn in the rotation is Friday against the Houston Astros.

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