In another example of a failed move for the Los Angeles Angels, the club has demoted starting pitcher Tommy Hanson to Triple-A. The move comes after battled injuries and suffered through poor performances. Considering the Ryan Madson signing, the Sean Burnett trade, and others, the move to designate Hanson fits in with the current path of the Angels' organization.
Tommy Hanson optioned to AAA to make room for Vargas. #Angels
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) August 13, 2013
Multiple times this year, including during spring training, Hanson experienced forearm tightness. He finally hit the DL in late June because of the injury, and he has only been able to make 13 starts this season. The injuries, of course, come after an injury-plagued final season with the Atlanta Braves. Maybe the Angels should have seen it coming.
As we covered back in December of last year, it seemed as if the Braves knew something the rest of the world didn't. It seemed as if the Braves made the trade to get rid of Hanson and his injury concerns. Surely, the Angels completed a full physical on Hanson before the deal, but Hanson isn't the only pitcher to come to Los Angeles only to spend much of the time on the DL.
The Angels signed relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Burnett during the offseason. Madson was a clear risk as he was coming off Tommy John surgery. He has not pitched this season (and has not pitched since 2011) and has been released. Burnett at least made 13 appearances this season. However, he has also spent much of his time with the Angels on the DL. He is now done for the year.
Too many coincidences make a trend. The Angels will likely need to reevaluate their process for seeking out pitchers going forward. While injuries will happen, Hanson, Madson, and Burnett are examples of complete offseason failures.
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