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Angels demote Tommy Hanson to Triple-A Salt Lake

Aug 12, 2013, 11:42 PM EDT

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The Angels will welcome left-hander Jason Vargas back from the disabled list tomorrow. And not only is Tommy Hanson the odd man out in the starting rotation, Alden Gonzalez of reports that he has been demoted to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Such a move would have been unthinkable just a couple of years ago, but Hanson is a shell of the pitcher he was when he first came up with the Braves. With his velocity on a steady decline, the 26-year-old owns a 4.92 ERA in 52 starts since he first started dealing with shoulder issues in 2011. The Angels took a chance by acquiring him from the Braves for Jordan Walden over the winter, but he has an ugly 5.59 ERA over 13 starts this season and a career-low 6.9 K/9.

Hanson is making $3.725 million this season and will be arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter. He’s looking like a non-tender candidate.

  1. bobulated - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Learn the knuckle-ball Tommy.

  2. km9000 - Aug 13, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    I think he’ll consider it a promotion when you factor in pitching coaches.

  3. jarathen - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    He could be a non-tender, but the Angels are also seriously lacking in Major League-capable arms. Hanson might be a bit costly for depth, but the Angels also have Dontrelle Willis in AAA, so there’s that.

  4. yondo123 - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Head to the bullpen and the velocity will come back up.

  5. 13arod - Aug 13, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Another good trade by braves

  6. jkaflagg - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Classic case of when something is too good to true, it probably isn’t……the Braves are going to trade a young starter in his supposed “prime” for an erratic reliver – straight up ? Understand the Angels were desperate for starting pitching, but they should have known better…..

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