9/24/2013 8:59 P.M. ET
Hanson's return draws praise
By William Boor / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Tommy Hanson's statistics on Saturday night were not overwhelmingly impressive, but the right-hander left a positive impression on both his manager and catcher.
"Tommy looked great," manager Mike Scioscia said after watching Hanson pitch in an Angels uniform for the first time in over six weeks. "Tommy looked like he did when he came off the DL after he couldn't make his start in Detroit. Motion looked good, ball was coming out really strong."
Catcher Chris Iannetta had similar things to say and was also impressed with Hanson's command and fastball, which was consistently in the low to mid 90s.
"I thought he was great," Iannetta said. "I thought he was awesome. "He definitely reminded me of how he was when he was extremely dominant with the Braves."
On July 23, Hanson gave up one run in 5 1/3 innings and struck out eight batters. His fastball was in the low-to-mid 90s and it appeared the right-hander was back on track.
Then came the tailspin.
In Hanson's next three starts, he posted an 8.59 ERA and was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Hanson was not recalled until Sept. 16 and although he gave up three hits, a walk and two runs in 2 1/3 innings, he felt it was a step in the right direction.
"I felt really good physically," Hanson said. "I was just trying to keep my momentum going toward the plate. [The ball] felt like it was coming out good, my body felt good. I thought my stuff was really good, just wish the result was a little bit better."
Trout wins second straight Angels MVP
ANAHEIM -- For the second straight season, the Angels' struggles will likely hurt Mike Trout's chances of winning the American League MVP Award. But for the second straight season, the Angels phenom won another MVP award.
Trout was presented with the Owner's Trophy, given annually to the Angels' MVP, prior to Tuesday's game against the Athletics. The outfielder is just the seventh player to win the award in back-to-back seasons and the first since Vladimir Guerrero in 2006-07.
Trout is wrapping up another memorable season, but has been scuffling at the plate recently with just nine hits and 18 strikeouts in his lat 50 at-bats (.180). However, he walked 17 times (two intentional) in that same span.
"Obviously, at the plate, he looks like he's not quite as comfortable in the box," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I'm sure there's some wear and tear, like there is with every player, but he's fine to play and we'll evaluate him to see how he feels with the day-night tomorrow."
Trout was in Tuesday's starting lineup, but at DH rather than center field for the eighth time this season.
Scioscia keeping an eye on Williams
ANAHEIM -- Jerome Williams was hit in the foot with a ball Monday, and although Angels manager Mike Scioscia indicated the right-hander will still start Thursday in Texas, he did leave the door a little bit open.
"He's still on board to start on Thursday," Scioscia said. "But we'll see."
Williams was playing catch with Dane De La Rosa and an errant throw hit his left foot. Williams was "hobbling a little" Monday, but was doing better Tuesday.
"We'll see how he feels," Scioscia said. "We obviously have some options, but we'll see."
• Erick Aybar was not in Tuesday's lineup so that he could get some rest.
• The Angels will finish 2013 with a sub-.500 home record for the first time since 2001.
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.