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Angels pitcher Tommy Hanson pulled because of tight triceps

March 20, 2013|By Mike DiGiovanna
  • Angels starter Tommy Hanson pitches against the Kansas City Royals in an exhibition game earlier this month.
Angels starter Tommy Hanson pitches against the Kansas City Royals in an… (Gregory Bull / Associated…)

TEMPE, Ariz. — Angels pitcher Tommy Hanson left Wednesday’s exhibition game against the Cleveland Indians after three innings because of triceps tightness, an injury that flared up as the right-hander was throwing his warm-up pitches before the fourth inning.

Hanson, acquired from the Atlanta Braves for reliever Jordan Walden in the off-season, gave up two runs and three hits in three innings, struck out four and walked one, and his fastball was clocked between 89-91 mph. He looked strong while striking out Nick Swisher to end the third inning.

But while warming up for the fourth, athletic trainer Adam Nevala and Manager Mike Scioscia paid a visit to the mound to check on the veteran right-hander.

Hanson, who has been slowed by shoulder tendinitis and lower-back injuries the last two years, was pulled for precautionary reasons without throwing another warm-up pitch. He is listed as day to day.

If the injury sidelines Hanson for a week or so and he is not ready to open the season, right-handers Garrett Richards and Jerome Williams would be the leading candidates to replace him in the rotation.

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