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Hanson's return leaves Scioscia with choice

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LOS ANGELES -- Tommy Hanson's next start is expected to come with the Angels, manager Mike Scioscia confirmed on Monday.

Hanson threw a five-inning, 75-pitch simulated game on Saturday in Arizona and could start Friday's series opener against the Astros, if Scioscia opts to keep Joe Blanton in the rotation.

Hanson's next turn through the order is technically Thursday's series finale against the Dodgers, but Jason Vargas is starting that game on extended rest to accommodate Jered Weaver's return on Wednesday. Long reliever Jerome Williams (2.58 ERA on the year, 3.19 ERA in five starts) lines up to start on Friday and Blanton (1-7, 6.19 ERA) would line up to make his 11th start of the season on Sunday.

If Blanton struggles on Tuesday, Scioscia -- who didn't provide a specific return date for Hanson -- could have a decision to make between those two.

Hanson, 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in five starts, has been on the restricted list since May 10 to deal with the aftermath of his step-brother's death.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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