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Tommy Hanson injury: Angels RHP could return Tuesday

The Angels, in need of a starter, could get Tommy Hanson back from the DL early next week.


Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tommy Hanson could return Tuesday from forearm tightness, Alden Gonzalez of reports.

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Hanson will first make a rehab start for Single-A affiliate Inland Empire, which will go for roughly four innings or 60-70 pitches. If the start goes well, he will be able to return to the Angels on a limited pitch count.

The team currently only has four starters, with Jason Vargas still on the disabled list with a blood clot. They do not have much pitching depth at this point, depending on Joe Blanton despite his 5.53 ERA for the season.

Hanson has a long history of arm injuries, so it would potentially be beneficial for the Angels to be careful and make sure he's fully healthy before setting him loose. For a team mostly out of contention, it would be reckless to risk future seasons by rushing Hanson back.

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