Matt Shoemaker plays long toss, could throw from mound Sunday

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Angels starter Matt Shoemaker continues to make progress from a left oblique strain. Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times reports that the right-hander long-tossed from 180-200 feet on Saturday afternoon with no restrictions. Per Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, Shoemaker said he still felt some tightness, but it’s almost gone.

Shoemaker could throw from a mound on Sunday, which would be the next step as he attempts to rejoin the Angels for the ALDS against the winner of the Wild Card play-in game.

Shoemaker, celebrating his 28th birthday today, has been a pleasant surprise for the Angels, as he ends the regular season with a 16-4 record, a 3.04 ERA, and a 124/24 K/BB ratio in 136 innings over 20 starts and seven relief appearances. If he’s able to join the Angels in the ALDS, he would slot in behind Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson.