Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tommy Hanson continues to struggle with the death of his step-brother. The right-hander was unable to make his last scheduled start because of the loss, and it appears he will miss his next one as well as he continues to grieve.
“He’s working through the process,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said, according to Angels.com. “He’s been in contact with a lot of us, and hopefully he’ll get through this tough situation and be ready to come back.”
Hanson’s next scheduled start is on Wednesday, but the Angels have already announced that pitcher Barry Enright will take the mound instead. Enright is 0-1 with an 11.37 earned run average and six strikeouts in three games (one start) this season. The lone start occurred on May 10 in which he gave up five earned runs on four hits in 3 1/3 innings against the Chicago White Sox. Needless to say, Los Angeles cannot wait until Hanson is emotionally fit enough to return to the rotation.
Hanson has been on both ends of the spectrum in his starts this season, but overall has been solid. The 26-year-old is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 28 innings. Those numbers include his start against the Detroit Tigers in which he struck out two batters in six scoreless innings for his second win of the season.
Los Angeles is not exactly sure when to expect Hanson back. With that being said, the organization is in no way going to pressure the four-year player to return to the team, as they are fully prepared to allow him plenty of time to get through the difficult process.