Matt Shoemaker throws another bullpen session, has “no doubt” he can pitch in ALDS


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 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.

Dodgers sign Miguel Rojas to 1-year, $6M deal thru 2024

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with infielder Miguel Rojas on a one-year, $6 million deal that takes him through the 2024 season.

The contract includes a salary of $5 million in 2024 and a club option salary of $5 million in 2025 with a $1 million buyout and charitable contributions.

The 33-year-old Rojas was acquired last month from the Miami Marlins for minor league infielder Jacob Amaya. He returns to the Dodgers for the second time, having made 85 appearances with the club in 2014 as a rookie.

Rojas hit .236 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 140 games last season. He’s been in the majors for parts of nine seasons while playing five different defensive positions.