Hanson making steady progress …

Mariners Angels BaseballThe Angels have a rather important date coming up. It’s July 23. The first time they’d need a fifth starter again.

Can Tommy Hanson make it back by then?

“What’s today?” he said, smiling.

Told it’s the 6th of July, Hanson said: “Yeah, I think I should be ready by then. But it’s up to them.”

Hanson has been pushing to keep throwing more because he hasn’t felt any soreness in the right forearm that crept up while warming up in the bullpen before his June 26 start and prompted him to go on the DL the next day. He played catch for the fifth straight day on Saturday, but there’s no timetable for when he’ll get back on the mound.

The 26-year-old right-hander (4-2, 5.10 ERA in nine starts) will travel with the Angels through Chicago and Seattle so the team can closely monitor his progress.

Asked if Hanson could make that July 23 start, Mike Scioscia said: “We’ll see. If he can cross some of these hurdles here this week and get lengthened out to where he can get on the mound sometime on this road trip, we’ll see how it goes.”

Jason Vargas (blood clot in his left arm pit area) may also be back by July 23, but he hasn’t started throwing yet.

Some other notes leading up to Saturday’s game against the Red Sox …

  • Ryan Madson played catch Saturday and will throw another bullpen session, his fifth since recently progressing off flat ground, on Sunday. Madson has felt good while getting off a mound every three days. “Definitely going in the right direction,” he said. Madson will stick to his plan of not throwing at 100-percent intensity until he returns to the big leagues, which he admits will be difficult when a hitter stands in the box and the adrenaline pumps. He hopes to get in a rehab game “soon after the All-Star break” and will stay in Arizona while the Angels are on their road trip.
  • Robert Coello (right shoulder inflammation) will also be in Arizona rehabbing next week. He’ll meet with doctors on July 15 to discuss starting a throwing program.
  • Third baseman Alberto Callaspo was given the day off Saturday, in favor of Brendan Harris. Scioscia said Callaspo has been working with infield coach Alfredo Griffin on his defense recently. In the sixth inning on Friday, he made a nice backhanded stop on a hard-hit grounder by Jose Iglesias, but threw wide of first. It didn’t go for an error, but Callaspo has had struggles with his throwing this year. “There’s no physical thing that’s causing him to misfire as far as the way he’s throwing the ball,” Scioscia said. “He’s got a little bit of a tilt he’s developing that he’s trying to work out of, but this guy’s a really good defensive third baseman and he’ll get back to playing the way he can on the defensive side.”

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Will Boor contributed.

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