Tommy Hanson on track to rejoin Angels' rotation after All-Star break

The Los Angeles Angels have set their starting rotation for the first four games of the second half. When the No. 5 spot comes around the team will need another arm, and right-hander Tommy Hanson could get the call to fill the void, according to Bob Sherwin of MLB.com.

Hanson threw a bullpen session on Saturday, logging 38 pitches, according to manager Mike Scioscia. The skipper said his right-hander was doing "very well," adding that he'll complete a rehab start this week before his next step is determined.

"Tommy's doing very well," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's going to throw another bullpen and then hopefully he'll have a rehab start next weekend and see when he's ready to be put back in our rotation. He threw about 38 pitches and his stuff looked very good."
If all goes well, Hanson could be ready to rejoin the Angels on July 23. He's been on the disabled list since May 21 with a strained right forearm. Prior to hitting the shelf, the 26-year-old had struggled over his first 11 starts with Los Angeles, posting an ERA and WHIP of 5.10 and 1.552.

Sherwin notes that three other injured Angels' pitchers -- including Ryan Madson, Sean Burnett and Jason Vargas -- are not quite as far along as Hanson.



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