It turns out Tommy Hanson's early exit was nothing but a scare.
A big one, given his recent health issues and overall importance to a rather fragile Angels rotation. But perhaps an unnecessary one, considering how Hanson summed up his concerns after leaving Wednesday's game against the Indians prior to the start of the fourth inning because of pain in his triceps.
"Zero," he said. "One-hundred percent, I'm fine."
Hanson won't require an MRI, and plans to make his next turn. "I don't see why we can't go six innings," he said.
Hanson has zero doubt he'll be ready to go for the regular season, lining up as the fifth starter.
"I felt fine," Hanson said. "I think they're just taking the cautious route."
The 26-year-old right-hander sat for a while between the third and fourth innings, as the Angels hammered out four runs against Indians starter Trevor Bauer. Hanson felt tightness in his right triceps during his first two warmup pitches to start the top of the fourth. Catcher Chris Iannetta noticed him trying to loosen his arm.
"So then he came out and asked me if I'm OK," Hanson described, "and he was like, 'Dude, don't be stupid. We're going to need you this year. If you feel something, you need to say it right now.' I was like, 'Dude, I swear, I feel fine, it's good to go.'"
Hanson threw his next six warmup pitches without any problems, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia and trainer Adam Nevala came out to check on him. At that point, Hanson figured he was coming out of the game.
"Even that last [warm-up] pitch, I threw it as hard as I could to test it, and it felt fine," Hanson said. "Once they came out, I knew 100 percent they weren't going to let me back out there, just because it is Spring Training and they want to play it safe."