Angels starter Matt Shoemaker hasn’t pitched in a game since September 15 due to a left oblique strain, but he is making steady progress behind the scenes.
Shoemaker threw his second full-effort bullpen session in three days on Tuesday afternoon in Anaheim and told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com after the workout was through that he has “no doubt” he’ll be able to start for the Angels in their ALDS matchup against the winner of Tuesday’s American League Wild Card Game between the A’s and Royals.
“Everything felt great,” Shoemaker said Tuesday. “A few days ago, it was a little tight. Now, I don’t feel it at all. … I haven’t thrown 100 pitches yet, but I definitely feel I’m capable, for sure. Just the way my arm feels, my body feels, definitely feels doable.”
Shoemaker posted an impressive 3.04 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 124/24 K/BB ratio in 136 innings this season for the American League West champions. He will either start Game 2 on Friday or Game 3 on Sunday.