Having already juggled their rotation to get Jered Weaver ready to start Game 1 of the ALDS the Angels have now shifted things again so that C.J. Wilson will be in line to start Game 2.
That’s not a surprise, as the Angels’ other healthy rotation options are pretty lacking, but Wilson has been a mess for much of the season on the way to posting a 4.61 ERA compared to a 3.37 ERA in his first four years as a starter.
He threw seven shutout, one-hit innings against the Mariners on September 17, but then followed that up by failing to make it out of the first inning Monday against the A’s. Overall in his last 15 starts Wilson has a 6.43 ERA.
They have the best record in baseball at 98-61, but the Angels’ rotation is definitely a question mark heading into the playoffs.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.