Angels starter Matt Shoemaker burst onto the scene in 2014 with a 3.04 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 124/24 K/BB ratio in 136 innings, but his past minor league numbers suggested he was pitching way over his head and that idea has proven accurate in 2015.
Shoemaker was officially optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday after allowing six earned runs over just 1 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Royals. The 28-year-old right-hander has a rough 4.76 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 105/30 K/BB ratio in 117 1/3 total frames this season at the major league level.
His regression has been a pain for the Halos, who currently trail the Astros by 2 1/2 games in the AL West standings. Anaheim does have a slight hold on the second AL Wild Card spot.
UPDATE: Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Wilson has been diagnosed with a left elbow impingement, which is “secondary to arthritis.” The southpaw just said that he’ll need surgery to clean out a bone spur, which is expected to end his season. That’s a blow for the Angels, but fortunately they have some depth in their rotation.
11:37 a.m. ET: Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with what was termed as left elbow inflammation. However, this update from Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times doesn’t sound encouraging:
It’s very unusual, if nothing else. The assumption was that Matt Shoemaker would be headed to bullpen when Jered Weaver returns from the disabled list, but he could end up keeping his rotation spot for the foreseeable future if Wilson’s injury turns out to be serious. Fortunately for the Angels, Shoemaker has pitched much better of late. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last two starts and owns a 2.01 ERA dating back to June 26.
After having his worst season as a starter in 2014, Wilson has bounced back this year with a 3.89 ERA and 110/46 K/BB ratio in 132 innings over 21 starts. The 34-year-old is under contract for $20 million in 2016.
Angels right-hander Jered Weaver has been out since July 20 with left hip inflammation, but Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that the Angels have cleared to make a minor league rehab start Thursday with Class A Inland Empire.
Weaver is back to full health, but Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register writes that he has been “trying to get his mechanics, timing and velocity back to the point that he can be successful.” The 32-year-old had a 4.75 ERA over 15 starts prior to going on the disabled list while striking out only 49 batters in 96 2/3 innings and allowing 16 home runs. His average fastball velocity has checked in at just 83.9 mph (according to FanGraphs).
Andrew Heaney has been great during Weaver’s absence, posting a 1.79 ERA over six starts, and will likely push Matt Shoemaker to the bullpen.