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

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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.

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.