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Matt Shoemaker is considering season-ending forearm surgery

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Angels’ right-hander Matt Shoemaker has already missed 51 days with a nagging forearm injury, and now he appears to be weighing season-ending surgery to fix the problem for good. The 30-year-old was tossing a bullpen session on Friday when he “felt something,” reports the Los Angeles Times’ Pedro Moura, and started to consider the possibility of surgery after consulting with a team doctor. The recovery process falls right around two months, which would keep Shoemaker off the mound for the remainder of the regular season and, depending on the outcome of the AL wild card race, potentially prevent him from pitching again until spring training.

The Angels’ righty initially sustained a right forearm strain following an outing against the Yankees in June, and experienced a setback in his rehab process after he was diagnosed with posterior interosseous nerve syndrome in early July. This isn’t his first run-in with a major injury; he was sidelined through the last month of the 2016 season after suffering a skull fracture and hematoma on a wayward line drive. Through 77 2/3 innings in 2017, he’s 6-3 with a 4.52 ERA, 3.2 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 in 14 starts.

It’s a serious blow to the Angels’ rotation, albeit not one that necessarily puts them out of postseason contention. Left-hander Tyler Skaggs (oblique strain) is scheduled to return from the disabled list to start against the Athletics on Saturday, while Andrew Bailey (shoulder inflammation) and Andrew Heaney (Tommy John surgery) began Triple-A rehab assignments this week and Garrett Richards (biceps strain) threw a 20-pitch bullpen on Friday, though he’s not a sure bet to return to the club’s pitching staff this season.

Mets trade Curtis Granderson to the Dodgers

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The Mets traded centerfielder Curtis Granderson to the Dodgers for cash considerations or a player to be named later, the teams announced late Friday night. Granderson was rumored to be drawing interest from teams earlier in the week, and found a landing place after slashing .256/.360/.721 since the start of the month. In a corresponding move, the Dodgers designated right-hander Dylan Floro for assignment to clear roster space for the outfielder.

As a whole, the 36-year-old’s 2017 campaign has been a tad underwhelming. Granderson entered Saturday batting .228/.334/.481 with 19 home runs and an .815 OPS through 395 PA, and accrued 1.7 fWAR to the 5.1 fWAR he produced during his pennant-winning, MVP-contending season in 2015. Still, with under $4 million remaining on his contract, another 20+ homer season around the corner and the defensive chops to man center field, it looks like a prudent deal for the Dodgers as they continue to bulldoze their way to the playoffs this fall.

The club has yet to outline their plans for Granderson, but his addition to a crowded outfield could displace centerfielder Joc Pederson, who turned in a meager .214/.329/.415 batting line through 292 PA in 2017. It could also have ramifications for fellow veteran Andre Ethier, assuming he’s healthy enough to compete for a starting role when he comes off the 60-day disabled list in September. The Mets, meanwhile, are expected to lean more heavily on rookie outfielder Brandon Nimmo, who’s made just five starts this season after struggling to get consistent playing time on the field.

Corey Kluber exits game with right ankle sprain

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Indians’ right-hander Corey Kluber was removed from the sixth inning of his start on Friday night, bringing a streak of 14 starts with 8+ strikeouts to an unfortunate end after he sprained his right ankle. Kluber stumbled off the mound while trying to field a base hit from Eric Hosmer and was seen visibly limping as he moved to cover first base. He was allowed to stay in the game for one more batter, but quickly yielded a three-pitch single to Melky Cabrera and left the mound with head athletic trainer James Quinlan.

It was a poor ending to another strong outing by the right-hander, who delivered 5 1/3 innings of one-run, four-strikeout ball and took his 12th win of the season after the Indians amassed a nine-run lead. Postgame comments by Cleveland skipper Terry Francona suggest that Kluber isn’t facing a serious setback after sustaining the sprain, however, and might even be good to go by the time his next start comes around on Wednesday.

While the Royals escaped Friday’s loss without injury, the 10-1 drubbing pushed them 6.5 games back of the division lead and half a game behind the Twins and Angels for the second AL wild card berth. They’ll host a rematch on Saturday at 7:15 ET, with left-hander Jason Vargas set to face off against Indians’ righty Trevor Bauer.