MLB notes: Angels' Hanson set to return to mound

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tommy Hanson pitches against the Texas Rangers in the first...

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tommy Hanson pitches against the Texas Rangers in the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington, Texas April 6, 2013. (REUTERS)

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Six days wasn’t long enough for Tommy Hanson to cope with his grief.

After the death of his stepbrother last month, the Los Angeles Angels right-hander took a bereavement leave from the team.

Two starts into his return, it was clear to his coaches and teammates that Hanson wasn’t ready to come back.

“Everyone said I looked like a zombie,” Hanson told the Los Angeles Times.

Before the club’s next road trip, Hanson was told to stay home and take all the time he needed.

“I was having mental issues with the death of my younger brother,” the 26-year-old said. “I was just trying to get through it. I didn’t know how to handle it.

“That was the first time anything like that had ever happened to me. I didn’t know how to cope with it.”

Hanson returned to the team Tuesday after spending three weeks with his father and stepmother.

“Physically, I feel great,” he said. “I’m in great shape. I just had to deal with the issues going on in my head.”

Now he’ll try to build on the solid start he had to this season. He’ll enter a scheduled Friday start with a 2-1 record and 3.86 ERA in five games this season.

PEDROIA PLAYS ON

Dustin Pedroia has been playing hurt all season.

The Boston Red Sox second baseman suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb on opening day in April, according to the Boston Herald.

Normal recovery time for such an injury is eight weeks.

Pedroia has played all 54 games for the Red Sox this season.

“People shouldn’t know if you’re 100% or not. It is what it is, and it’s my responsibility to perform well,’’ Pedroia said. “My mindset is if I’m nicked up, I have to find other ways to perform. That’s the way I think about it. Maybe I’m crazy.”

Heading into Wednesday’s game, Pedroia was hitting .304 with 3 home runs and 28 RBIs.

While Pedroia might be able to play through the pain, his teammate Clay Buchholz can’t do the same.

The right-hander, who missed his last start due to soreness in the AC joint, which is below the collarbone, was ruled out of Friday’s start after feeling soreness in the same area while throwing a bullpen session Wednesday, according to the Herald.

John Lester will start in his place, while Felix Doubront will start Saturday in place of Lester.

$1 BILLION BEANBALL

The Los Angeles Dodgers may be about to take a $1 billion hit.

The Guggenheim Partners, who bought the team in March of last year, are being forced to rework their pending $7 billion, 25-year media rights deal with Time Warner Cable, according to the New York Post.

The new deal would see the team give up $125 million per year to the MLB revenue-sharing pot, an increase from the $85 million owners were expected to pay in the original deal.

The extra revenue lost over the lifetime of the contract could exceed $1 billion.

The current deal, announced five months ago, has yet to be submitted to MLB for approval over fears it would be rejected, according to the report.

Any mess-up of the deal could hamper Guggenheim’s ability to pay off the debt from their record-setting $2.15 billion purchase of the team, which also boasts the second-highest payroll in baseball at $216.6 million.

GRANDERSON OUT

It’s official: The New York Yankees won’t see Curtis Granderson for another month.

The outfielder had surgery to insert a pin in his broken left hand, according to MLB.com. Recovery time is at least four weeks.

Granderson suffered the break after he was hit in the pinkie by a pitch Friday.

He missed the first six weeks of the season after suffering a broken forearm in spring training and played just eight games before this latest injury.

On the bright side for the Yankees, Andy Pettitte is expected to come off the disabled list next week. The left-hander has been out since May 16 with a strained trapezius muscle.

 


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