The Los Angeles Angels have heard this tune before. Matt Shoemaker making progress looking to be back soon, but then suffers a setback.
This was the same storyline last July. That setback cost Shoemaker The rest of the Los Angeles Angels 2017 season and mounds of frustration for Shoemaker. Everything looked good this Spring and even Shoemaker’s first start of the season was pretty good. But then it wasn’t. Shoemaker had some pain in his right forearm and he had to be placed on the 10-day disabled list.
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Shoemaker was starting to make progress and was close to being sent on a rehab assignment going into a Sunday bullpen session. Unfortunately Shoemaker felt pain in the forearm again and after being evaluated it was decided that he needed to be shut down for awhile.
During the off-season Shoemaker had surgery to alleviate the nerve pain he had been experiencing. He hoped things would be better this season unfortunately it wasn’t in the cards.
So the question now is how long will Shoemaker be out. As of right now no one really knows what Shoemaker’s time table will be. Jaime Barria, one of the Angels top young pitching prospects has filled in admirably in Shoemaker’s place. Barria is 3-1 with 2.45 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. Barria has shown why he is considered such a promising young pitcher.
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As for Shoemaker will there be a place for him in the Angels rotation when he returns? That may be the million dollar question for the Angels. Shoemaker has never been able to recapture the magic of his rookie season when he went 16-4 with a 3.04 ERA. In the past three years Shoemaker has gone 23-26.
One of the biggest things Shoemaker brings to the team is his veteran leadership. Shoemaker could be able to help some of the Angels young pitchers. Let’s hope for the best for Shoemaker. But if past history proves anything expect the worse.