Angels to activate Jason Vargas, option Tommy Hanson to Triple-A

Jeff Gross

The scuffling Angels should get a boost to their rotation when Jason Vargas, who posted a 3.06 ERA in May and June, returns from the DL.

The Los Angeles Angels will activate starting pitcher Jason Vargas from the 15-day disabled list prior to their game against the New York Yankees on Tuesday, according to MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez. The club will option fellow starter Tommy Hanson to Triple-A Salt Lake in a corresponding move.

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Vargas will make his first start on Tuesday since June 17, when he tossed seven innings of two-run ball while collecting nine strikeouts against the Seattle Mariners. He was placed on the DL the next day after a blood clot was discovered near his left armpit. Vargas owns a 3.65 ERA in 14 starts this season, striking out 6.1 batters per nine innings while walking 3.0.

Hanson has struggled to the tune of a 5.59 ERA in 13 starts with the Angels after putting up solid numbers for the Atlanta Braves in four seasons there. Hanson has posted a career-low strikeout rate and career-high walk rate in addition to allowing 10.5 hits per nine innings.

The Angels dropped their series opener against the Yankees, 2-1, on Monday night.

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