The Angels placed right-hander Matt Shoemaker on the 10-day disabled list with a right forearm strain, per a team announcement on Saturday. The move is retroactive to June 15. Shoemaker was pulled in the fourth inning of his start on Wednesday after feeling tightness in the extensor muscle of his right forearm. He’s expected to miss one start during his DL stint, which will go to rookie right-hander Parker Bridwell on Tuesday against the Yankees.
This is the second forearm injury Shoemaker has sustained since 2015, when he missed several weeks with another right forearm strain. He’s struggled to match the 3.88 ERA and 3.51 FIP he posted during the 2016 season, turning in a 6-3 record, 4.52 ERA and 5.11 FIP through his first 14 starts this year.
It’s not a good look for the Angels’ pitching staff, which currently has seven pitchers sitting on the disabled list and a rotation that ranks fourth-last in the league with a cumulative 4.35 ERA and 1.8 fWAR. Shoemaker’s postgame comments to the press on Wednesday suggested that his injury is far from a worst-case scenario, however. Per MLB.com’s Kaelen Jones:
The righty told reporters that night that team doctors had informed him it was better to feel tightness in the extensor muscle, which is on top of the forearm, because it’s less likely to be tied to an elbow injury.
Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna recently revealed that he has been dealing with an anxiety issue, Rob Longley of the Toronto Star reports. Osuna specified that the issue is completely off the field, not on the field. He is not sure when he’ll be able to return to pitch again.
Osuna had been feeling “a little bit anxious, a little bit weird” and said, “I feel like I’m lost a little bit right now.” Despite the anxiety, Osuna volunteered to pitch during Friday’s loss to the Royals, but the Blue Jays smartly chose not to put him into the game.
Osuna said, “I wish I knew how to get out of here and how to get out of this. We’re working on it. We’re trying to find ways to see what can make me feel better. But to be honest I just don’t know.”
It must have been tough for Osuna to make his issue public, as there is still a stigma around dealing with mental issues. Given the prominent position he holds in the Jays’ bullpen, fans become even less empathetic about taking time off to deal with it as well. Hopefully, Osuna is able to use the time off to get the help he needs. And hopefully his going public helps motivate other people dealing with mental issues to seek help for themselves.
The 22-year-old recently became the youngest player in major league history to reach 75 career saves. This season, Osuna is carrying a 2.48 ERA with 19 saves and a 37/3 K/BB ratio in 39 innings.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported on Sunday that the Brewers claimed catcher Stephen Vogt off waivers from the Athletics. Vogt was designated for assignment by the Athletics on Thursday.
Vogt, 32, was an All-Star in each of the last two seasons, but struggled this year. He hit .217/.287/.357 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 174 plate appearances.
With the Brewers, Vogt will likely split time behind the plate with Manny Pina. Meanwhlie, the Athletics’ catching situation will be handled by Josh Phegley and Bruce Maxwell.