DETROIT - An MRI on Tommy Hanson's right forearm strain, which made him a late scratch for Wednesday's start against the Tigers, revealed no structural damage. Hanson, placed on the disabled list Thursday morning, will be shut down from throwing for seven days and then can start to build back arm strength if he feels better.
Thanks to Monday's off-day, Hanson's next turn through the rotation won't come up until July 6. And because his DL stint is backdated to June 20, he could've been activated by then. But Angels manager Mike Scioscia doesn't expect Hanson to be ready by then -- though the club also doesn't expect this to be a long-term injury.
"I'm not relieved," Hanson said of not requiring surgery. "Obviously I don't want anything wrong. But I'm kind of to the point where it is what it is. I'll take the seven days, rest it and get back after it."
Left-hander Michael Roth was called up from Double-A Arkansas, where he turned in a 3.61 ERA in 10 games (eight starts), to temporarily provide length out of the bullpen while Hanson is out. Hanson, 4-2 with a 5.10 ERA in nine starts, was scratched 10 minutes before game time at Comerica Park late Wednesday afternoon.
"I was warming up in the bullpen and felt something weird," said Hanson, who had already missed nearly four weeks on the bereavement list. "I'm not going to throw and make it any worse, so I shut it down."
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