The Angels took no chances with pitcher Tommy Hanson Wednesday, removing the right-hander after three innings of a 6-5 exhibition win over the Cleveland Indians because of tightness in his triceps, an injury Hanson says is not serious.
"I have no concerns, zero; I know 100% that I'm fine," said Hanson, who was slowed by shoulder and lower-back injuries the last two seasons. "They just wanted to take the safe route."
Hanson, acquired from Atlanta for reliever Jordan Walden last winter, gave up two runs and three hits, struck out four and walked one. His fastball was clocked at 89 to 91 mph, and he looked strong, striking out Nick Swisher to end the third.
But after a lengthy bottom of the third, when the Angels scored four runs on four hits, Hanson's arm tightened while he warmed up for the fourth. When Hanson shook the arm to loosen it, catcher Chris Iannetta came to the mound.
"He asked if I was OK, and he was like, 'Dude, don't be stupid, if you feel something you need to say it right now,' " Hanson said. "I was like, 'Dude, I swear, I'm fine.' They could see in the dugout that something was going on."
Hanson, who was targeted for five innings and 75 pitches, was removed after 45 pitches. But he thinks his last two exhibition starts will be enough time to build up to about 90 pitches, which most pitchers need to open the season.
If not, right-handers Garrett Richards and Jerome Williams would be the leading candidates to replace Hanson in the rotation.
Angels' Tommy Hanson looks strong but ends up in a tight spot
Los Angeles Times | Mar 21