Angels starter Tommy Hanson has missed multiple starts due to being on bereavement leave following the death of his step-brother, but he’s about to return, reports Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.
Hanson threw 75 pitches in a simulated game on Saturday and is set to start either Friday or Saturday for the Angels. They get Jered Weaver back on Wednesday. This, in conjunction with a pretty easy stretch of the schedule makes the next couple of weeks a pretty critical time for Scioscia’s gang.
Hanson is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in five starts this year. His last start came on May 4.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.