Angels demote Tommy Hanson to Triple-A

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim demoted starting pitcher Tommy Hanson to Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday.

According to, Hanson was sent down to make room on the 25 man roster for starter Jason Vargas, who was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

Hanson was supposed to start against the New York Yankees on Tuesday. He was expected to be pushed back to Friday’s start and Jerome Williams would go to the bullpen, but Angels manager Mike Scoiscia decided the bullpen had enough help. So, Hanson is being sent down to continue to start games.

“I think it’s best for Tommy and best for us right now,” Scioscia said. “He definitely needs to figure some things out. What’s tough is when somebody has to go down and try to find their game again, it’s disappointing to the player. I know Tommy will take it in the right light and go down there and be a better pitcher when he comes back.”

According to CBS Sports, Hanson,26, was one of the best young pitchers in baseball when he was with the Atlanta Braves. He has dealt with arm and shoulder injuries the past few years.

He was acquired by the Angels in the offseason from the Braves, but has struggled in his first year in Los Angeles. He is 4-3 with a 5.59 ERA.

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