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Hanson could return on Tuesday

ANAHEIM -- After throwing 59 pitches (35 strikes) in 3 1/3 innings during a Minor League rehab assignment on Thursday, it appears right-hander Tommy Hanson is close to rejoining the Angels' rotation.

"Tommy got his work in, got into the fourth inning," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Actually, his velocity was really good, so that's encouraging. We'll see where he lines up."

While pitching for Class A Inland Empire, Hanson allowed two runs on three hits. He walked one and struck out six.

The Angels do not need a fifth starter until Tuesday's game against the Twins, and although Scioscia would not name Hanson as a starter, he did not rule out the possibility.

"There's no doubt he's a candidate to start on Tuesday, but we've got to look at a couple things," Scioscia said.

If Hanson, who is 4-2 with a 5.10 ERA this season, makes his 10th start of the season on Tuesday, he will likely be doing so with a limited pitch count.

"There's a lot of baseball left and Tommy will certainly get a chance to contribute," Scioscia said. "Hopefully he'll get back into the groove he was in earlier this season when he was throwing the ball well."

William Boor is an associate reporter for
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