The LA Angels have been suffering over the last two seasons from a plethora of injuries to their starting rotation. The Angels have had eight starters who have gone down with season-ending injuries over the past two seasons with a couple of them suffering multiple injuries. Last season the Angels lost Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney, and Nick Tropeano to a torn UCL in their elbows.
Later in the season the Angels lost Matt Shoemaker to fractured skull, and C.J. Wilson was also lost for the season and ended up never pitching again. In 2017 the Angels again lost Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs for most of the season, then later lost Shoemaker and Alex Meyer for the season as well as J.C. Ramirez.
The Angels are hoping that Skaggs, Heaney, are all going to be fully recovered when the 2018 season begins as well as Tropeano and Shoemaker. In addition rookie Parker Bridwell can in and pitched outstanding which helped solidify the Angels staff down the stretch.
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So hopefully if everyone can stay healthy in 2018 the Angels could have a very strong starting rotation and one of these six pitchers could pitch out the bullpen as a long-man. If this were to happen along with getting a solid effort from the bullpen and the Angels are contenders right away. Some people have said they believe the Angels should sign an ace or maybe a solid #2 starter to help anchor the staff, but I don’t believe they need to do this unless they can find someone who would be cost-effective.