Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker departed his sensational start Monday night against the Mariners after experiencing discomfort on the left side of his rib cage in the top of the eighth inning. He underwent an MRI on Tuesday and now Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Shoemaker has been diagnosed with a “mild” left oblique strain.
Shoemaker probably won’t be able to take his next turn in the Angels’ starting rotation, but he told reporters on Tuesday evening that he’s confident the oblique strain will be healed by the playoffs.
Shoemaker has been surprisingly effective this season for Anaheim, boasting a 3.04 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 8.2 K/9 through 136 innings. The 27-year-old had a 5.38 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 7.0 K/9 in 423 innings at the Triple-A level. Baseball is weird, man.