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?

Jered Weaver C.J. Wilson

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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