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Weaver back for Halos on Wednesday; Hanson likely back Friday

Jered Weaver will be back starting for the Angels on Wednesday against the crosstown rival Dodgers, and there's a strong possibility Tommy Hanson will be back on the mound for the Halos on Friday.

The plan currently has Hanson coming off the restricted list to pitch Friday against the Astros, though it's not set in stone. Hanson was originally on the bereavement list after the death of his step-brother, but he came back to start two games before going on the restricted list for the past few weeks.

When he returned the first time, Hanson was quoted saying, "It was tough. There were a lot of emotions worrying about my family. My family looks up to me to be the rock in the family.''

The returns of the ace, Weaver, and Hanson should be a shot in the arm for the talented team that's won eight of its past nine games. It could also potentially lead to a switch in jobs for Joe Blanton, who is 1-7 with a 6.19 ERA. Jerome Williams (3-1, 2.53) has pitched extremely well lately and could possibly absorb Blanton's spot, depending on what manager Mike Scioscia decides.

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