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SEATTLE -- Tommy Hanson is expected to return to the Angels on Monday and is tentatively scheduled to start that day's series opener in Oakland, manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday.

Monday marks Hanson's next turn through the rotation and completes the maximum seven days allotted for a player on the bereavement list, but Scioscia he'll "get more clarity within the next 48 hours." Before placing him back in the rotation, the Angels want to give Hanson the time he needs to deal with a death in his family.

With Hanson unavailable to start Wednesday's game, Scioscia was forced to go with rookie Michael Roth in an eventual 11-3 loss to the Rangers, who scored nine runs in the fourth inning.

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