The Los Angeles Angels have underachieved so far in 2013, partly because of the high ERA in the starting rotation. Starting pitcher Tommy Hanson is no exception. When he landed on the disabled list on June 21, he had a 5.10 ERA in nine starts. Now, he appears healthy and ready to begin his return to the Angels and return to the form that saw him earn a 3.61 ERA in four career seasons with Atlanta prior to this year.
Hanson will begin a Minor League rehab assignment on Thursday, July 18. He will pitch for the Class-A Advanced Inland Empire 66ers. He could return to Anaheim by July 23, which would make tonight's game his only rehab start. Manager Mike Scioscia said recently that he will evaluate Hanson after Hanson's first start, and if he is ready, he can fill the rotation spot for the July 23 game with the Minnesota Twins.
Hanson went on the disabled list on June 21 with a right forearm strain. He last pitched on June 20, allowing seven runs in two innings before leaving the game. He is 4-2 in nine games. He has had trouble keeping the ball in the yard, allowing nine home runs in 47.2 innings.
The Angels come out of the break in third place in the A.L. West, 11 games behind the Oakland Athletics and nine games out of a wild card spot. They will need Hanson healthy and pitching like he did in Atlanta if they want to make a serious run in the second half. They have a three-game weekend series with Oakland right out of the break. This series could determine if the Angels have any chance to make that run.
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