LA Angels Still Waiting for Alex Meyer

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 19: Alex Meyer
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 19: Alex Meyer /

In 2017, it appeared the LA Angels had a young building block in right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer. Now, we have no idea when the former first round pick will be able to take the mound again.

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When the LA Angels traded for the lanky, young Alex Meyer in 2016, he had a 12.27 ERA for the Minnesota Twins. Fast forward a year later, and the same lanky, slightly older Alex Meyer had a 3.74 ERA in 13 starts for the Angels. Unfortunately, he had a labral tear in his throwing shoulder as well, and his 2017 season, along with his 2018 campaign, was over.

As the 2018 season went on, not much news came on Meyer. He rehabbed quietly as the Angels had 16 different players start baseball games for them. He watched as the team struggled throughout the season, finishing fourth in the American League West. His rehab was going well, and his 12-month recovery was on schedule.

Then, Alex Meyer hit a speed bump in August. He suffered a set back in his recovery, received a cortisone shot, and briefly halted his throwing program. While the pitcher had talked about hoping to return in 2018, it was never likely and after this setback, his season was officially done.

Now, Meyer has experienced another issue. With the latest setback, he will not be able to throw for 4-6 weeks, and suddenly his status for Spring Training in 2019 is in doubt. While he still may be ready by the time the team reports to Tempe, Arizona, it would not be a surprise to see Meyer start the season on the disabled list.

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With so many open rotation spots for the Angels, Meyer still has a real shot of contributing in 2019. He left a lot of people waiting for more after he went down with injury in 2017. Patience has been important, but Meyer has the talent to make the wait worth while for Angels fans.