The Angels announced on Sunday that starter Matt Shoemaker will undergo surgery to release the radial nerve in his right forearm. Dr. Steve Shin will perform the surgery on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Shoemaker is expected to be out of action for 12-14 weeks, which means he should at least be ready for spring training next year.
Shoemaker, 30, hasn’t pitched since making a rehab start on July 4 with High-A Inland Empire, after which he suffered a setback. The right-hander had another setback on Friday when he had a bullpen session. He ends his 2017 season with a 4.52 ERA and a 69/28 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers may be interested in Jake Arrieta.
The Brewers could definitely use a front line starter, especially with Jimmy Nelson slated to miss a good chunk of next season due to a rotator cuff injury. Arrieta will be expensive, obviously, but the Brewers have a lot more payroll flexibility than most teams, with only minimal money due on long term contracts. Most of that is for Ryan Braun, but even the outlay for him is reasonable, with deferred money involved. Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel laid all of that out back in October.
Milwaukee had a surprisingly good 2017 and they have the ability to add in free agency or to take on salary in trades if they want to. Maybe they don’t get Arrieta but they could make a splash this offseason.