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Tommy Hanson leaves Wednesday's start with right-triceps tightness

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Hanson's arm is barking again. (USATSI)

Angels right-hander Tommy Hanson left Wednesday afternoon's start with right-triceps tightness and is day-to-day, reports Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. Hanson allowed two runs in three innings before leaving the game without retiring a batter in the fourth.

Hanson, 26, has dealt with an impingement in his shoulder as well as tendinitis and a rotator-cuff strain in recent years. His fastball velocity has been steadily declining, according to the PitchFX system -- here's a scary velocity graph, courtesy of FanGraphs -- so any kind of arm problem is a big red flag. It's unclear if Hanson will be sent for more tests, but I assume he will.

The Angels still have Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Joe Blanton and Jason Vargas slated for the regular-season rotation. Righties Jerome Williams and Garrett Richards could replace Hanson, or the Halos could go real big and sign free agent Kyle Lohse. Thanks to scheduled off days, the team will only need to use a fifth starter twice in the first three weeks of the season.

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