CHICAGO — Tommy Hanson and Jason Vargas, who represent two-thirds of the Angels rotation, both took significant steps in their return from injury this week.
Hanson, on the disabled list since June 26 because of a forearm strain, threw a 35-pitch bullpen session in Wrigley Field on Wednesday that left pitching coach Mike Butcher very encouraged about the right-hander.
“There was no hesitation of turning anything loose,” Butcher said. “The ball came out nicely. He threw some good sliders, changeups and breaking balls. It’s definitely a step in the right direction.”
Hanson, who has a 4-2 record and 5.10 earned run average, will throw another bullpen session in Seattle this weekend, and he could make a minor league start during the All-Star break next week. There is a chance he could be ready to return by July 23, the day the Angels will need a fifth starter.