• Tommy Hanson had an encouraging start in a playoff game for Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday night, pitching six innings of three-run ball while giving up three hits, walking two and striking out eight. Hanson entered that outing 0-2 with a 5.49 ERA in four starts since being sent down, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia his velocity was more consistently in the 90-mph range and he was "more along the lines of where he needs to be."
• Peter Bourjos, 5-for-46 since coming off the disabled list, was out of the starting lineup for Friday's game against righty Matt Garza and has started only two games since Aug. 29. Scioscia said he's "still not 100 percent" with his right wrist.
• Third baseman Chris Nelson, who landed on the DL with a strained right hamstring on Aug. 28, did some exercises in the pool on Thursday, was slated to run lightly on the treadmill on Friday and has not given up hope on a return before the end of September. "I don't want to finish the season on the DL," he said.
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