The Angels announced on Sunday that starter Matt Shoemaker will undergo surgery to release the radial nerve in his right forearm. Dr. Steve Shin will perform the surgery on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Shoemaker is expected to be out of action for 12-14 weeks, which means he should at least be ready for spring training next year.
Shoemaker, 30, hasn’t pitched since making a rehab start on July 4 with High-A Inland Empire, after which he suffered a setback. The right-hander had another setback on Friday when he had a bullpen session. He ends his 2017 season with a 4.52 ERA and a 69/28 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings.
The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.
The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.
Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.
After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.