5/29/2013 1:38 A.M. ET
Hanson is back after much-needed hiatus
By William Boor and Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- For seven days in late April, Tommy Hanson was away from the team while grieving the sudden death of his younger step-brother. But he needed more time. He came back, made a couple of starts, and then the Angels' coaching staff realized he wasn't fully back yet. So, on May 9 in Houston, they told him to go back to his family in Georgia and placed him on the restricted list.
Nineteen days later, Hanson was back.
"I don't think his death had set in," Hanson said from the visiting clubhouse at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. "And when it did, it hit me hard. I was having issues in my head that I had to deal with. And now that I did deal with it, I feel a lot better.
"This isn't something that just goes away, but I do feel better. I think kind of healed things a little bit. So, I'm good. I miss the team. I miss being around all the guys."
Hanson threw a five-inning, 75-pitch simulated game on Saturday in Arizona and would be on five days' rest if he starts on Friday, though Angels manager Mike Scioscia hasn't provided a specific date.
Hanson, 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in five starts this season, feels he's "ready to get back to work."
But he needed the additional time off.
"When I did go home for the funeral, I was trying to keep it together for my family," Hanson said. "So when I got back, it hit me. I was having a hard time before the Oakland game [on April 29], before the Oriole game [on May 4]. I thought I was flying to Chicago [to start May 10], and then they told me they wanted me to figure this out and work this out because they knew I wasn't my normal self."
Burnett returns to DL with elbow injury
LOS ANGELES -- The Angels have placed left-handed reliever Sean Burnett on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow impingement exactly one week after he was activated from the DL with left forearm irritation.
Burnett said the inflammation in his elbow is "very typical" of someone who has had surgery to remove bone spurs -- which Burnett did in October.
"My elbow has more movement and more stuff to do, so my body's kind of inflaming itself with that space," Burnett said. "It's used to having the bone spurs there. It's something I should have been dealing with probably a month or so after starting to throw, but it was fine then and just starting up now."
Although Burnett missed 22 games during his first trip to the DL, Angels manager Mike Scioscia does not believe this injury will keep the reliever out for a significant amount of time. In fact, Scioscia feels it is realistic Burnett could be activated as soon as the 15 days are up on June 11.
"It's obviously all related to how his elbow is feeling, but it's in a totally different area," Scioscia said. "Hopefully as this calms down, it will be manageable and we will see Sean back pitching with us shortly."
Burnett had a lubricant injected into his elbow on Tuesday and hopes that will lead him to a speedy recovery.
"Hopefully in 15 days I'm good to go," Burnett said. "Kind of like the tin man that was a little squeaky."
Hamilton sits with back spasms
LOS ANGELES -- Right fielder Josh Hamilton was scratched from the Angels' starting lineup prior to Tuesday's game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium because of back spasms.
Hamilton started having the issue during batting practice. Although Angels manager Mike Scioscia had hoped Hamilton would be available to use off the bench later in the game, that was not the case.
"No further word," Scioscia said after the Angels' 3-0 loss. "I don't think his condition has changed much. He wasn't available tonight. We'll evaluate him and see how he feels tomorrow."
Mark Trumbo was moved from left field to right field and J.B. Shuck started in left field.
Weaver grateful for Yocum's guidance
LOS ANGELES -- The death of Lewis Yocum, the Angels' longtime team orthopedist, had an impact on many in and around the Angels community, including ace right-hander Jered Weaver.
Yocum died on Saturday night at age 65 because of liver cancer, but nobody in the organization knew about his passing until Tuesday.
The Angels dedicated their training room to Yocum earlier this month, and Weaver hung the sign that reads "Dr. Lewis Yocum Athletic Training Room" on the door.
"It was shocking," an emotional Weaver said. "Stuff happens in the world, but you never expect something like this to happen to someone like that."
While Weaver has had a relatively healthy career and never had to deal with Yocum in-depth, he did talk to him several times about minor aches and pains. Weaver trusted Yocum and considered him "one of the best at what he did."
"He was always truthful and honest about all the little nagging injuries that go along with getting through the course of a season," Weaver said. "He was a very knowledgeable guy. He was the go-to guy."
Weaver added that it was "privilege to talk to and be around someone like that." It is because of those qualities -- and many others -- that Yocum will be missed so dearly.
Weaver is not the only one who will miss Yocum and knows the doctor's presence will never be forgotten.
"A guy like that doesn't come around too often," Weaver said. "I know there are a lot of guys knocking on the door, trying to fill his position, but I don't think those shoes will ever be filled."
• Billy Buckner, who was designated for assignment after pitching five shutout innings against the Royals on Saturday, cleared waivers Tuesday and was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake.
• Ryan Madson joined the Angels at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday but isn't throwing and doesn't know when he'll start a rehab assignment. Madson felt soreness after an outing for Class A Inland Empire on May 13, prompting him to slow his rehab from Tommy John surgery.
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.