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Tommy Hanson leaves game with triceps tightness

Mar 20, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

Ruh-roh for the Angels:

ESPN’s Jim Bowden says that Hanson “grabbed his shoulder.” It’s officially being called “triceps tightness.”

Not good. Especially given how poorly he’s pitched so far this spring and the injury issues which have dogged him the past couple of seasons.

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UPDATE, 6:15 PM: According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, Hanson said after the game that he feels “fine.” There is no MRI scheduled and the 26-year-old righty expects to make his next Cactus League start.

  1. jeffa43 - Mar 20, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Halos keep signing problems to big contracts. Is anybody buying that the same injury Puhols had last year, and still bothering him this spring ( to the point he gets a designated runner!) is suddenly going to heal.

    It’s only the 2nd yr of a 10 yr deal…. Hanson had same problem last year as well. Does the front office need the fans help?

    • paperlions - Mar 20, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      Technically, they traded for Hanson. I’ve seen his shoulder referred to as “shredded”. Scouts seem to think he is done.

      • tuberippin - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        I remember when Hanson was coming up with Kris Medlen in the Braves system; they were supposed to be a dominant 1-2 for a decade. Instead, Medlen blew out his elbow and Hanson became a great starter. Then about mid-way through last year, Hanson and Medlen switched places. Now Tommy Hanson is the injury-plagued one, and Kris Medlen is the one slaughtering hitters.

        Funny how the baseball gods function.

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      Hanson isn’t signed long term or a big contract…

    • echech88 - Mar 20, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      Pretty sure Hanson is the cheapest starter on the staff.

  2. pauleee - Mar 20, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Wait ’til next year!

    So this is how Cubs’ fans feel. ouch

  3. Ben - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    This team is either going to be the best team in baseball, or their rotation and bullpen are going to implode and they’re going to scrape 81 wins.

    I’d put money down on Joe Blanton being better than CJ Wilson this year.

  4. thebadguyswon - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Man…good work by Atlanta shipping Hanson out. He’s looked awful for a couple years. Shoulder surgery seems inevitable.

    • hardballtalkusername - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      All they got rid of was Jordan Walden, who is currently injured and was unreliable at the best of times. I think for the Angels it was worth the risk, however, the fact that the Braves would give him up for so little should have raised a big concern for the Halos.

      • jarathen - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:07 AM

        Angels basically took a flier on him in the hopes he could start 20 games.

  5. vanmorrissey - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Anyone hear the name Lohse lately? Hear his agent has offices quite close to Anaheim.

    • jarathen - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:08 AM

      I could see the Angels doing a one year for Lohse at best. Honestly, Hanson probably isn’t leaps and bounds above Jerome Williams/Garret Richards. The problem for the Angels if another starter gets injured, that’s all of their MLB-caliber depth gone.

  6. Jonny 5 - Mar 20, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    This should be fair warning to all wearers of the mullet. If you use the power of the mullet to get ahead in life you must never ever cut it off. It will destroy you. You can ask Macgyver about.

  7. spudchukar - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Kyle Lohse.

  8. markofapro - Mar 20, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Hey, Asi – a harbinger of things to come? One of your “average” pitchers going down?

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