Los Angeles Angeles pitcher Tommy Hanson is expected to return to the lineup Friday after being placed on the "restricted list" May 10 following the death of his step-brother, according to a report late Monday evening from Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.
According to Gonzalez, Angels manager Mike Scioscia confirmed the news and said Hanson, who hasn't started a game since May 4, had thrown a five-inning, 75-pitch simulated game on Saturday in Arizona. Hanson is 2-1 with a ERA of 3.86 over five starts this season. Depending on how Joe Blanton does on Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Scioscia could decide to take Blanton out of the rotation for the team's series against the Astros beginning on Friday. Currently, long reliever Jerome Williams, who has a 2.58 ERA this season, including a 3.19 ERA in five starts, is scheduled to start on Friday.