The LA Angels made some moves in the off-season in hopes of bolstering the pitching staff. They signed free agents Matt Harvey & Trevor Cahill. Both are now on IL.
The best laid plans for the LA Angels have gone awry as their two big free agent pitchers they signed in the off-season Matt Harvey and Trevor Cahill have been downright awful and are now both on the injured list.
Harvey could be back soon as he made his first rehab start Saturday night although it wasn’t pretty (eight runs in 2.2 innings). Trevor Cahill is now on the injured list with shoulder soreness. No prognosis or time-table has been announced for Cahill as of yet as to the extent of the injury and how long he will be out.
Harvey has been replaced by a number of different pitchers while he has been on the IL and Cahill will be replaced for the time being with prospect Jose Suarez, who made his big league debut last Sunday in Seattle picking up his first MLB victory in place of Harvey.
Here is a detail of all the Angels roster moves last night after the game courtesy of @LAAngelsPR
If Suarez sticks in the rotation throughout Cahill’s absence the Angels would have their two top pitching prospects Canning and Suarez in the rotation along with Andrew Heaney, Tyler Skaggs, and Felix Pena. Both of which were expected to join the rotation sometime this season, but not in May.
Should the Angels keep both Canning and Suarez in the rotation as long as they are successful. Yes, most definitely. Will they is another story. Canning seems to have solidified his spot with seven starts posting a 3.52 ERA and 1.02 WHIP with 42 K’s in 38.1 innings.
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Suarez had a good debut going 5.2 innings giving up three runs and striking out four batters, but he still has a ways to go before he can be deemed a rotation piece. However as bad as Cahill and Harvey have been Suarez deserves an extended trial until he proves he is not as good of options as Cahill and Harvey.
Cahill and Harvey are 4-10 combined with a 7.28 ERA combined. They have both shown a few good moments during the season, but they have been few and far between. Is it time for the Angels to cut both loose and eat the probably 15 million dollars left on their respective contracts.
Many Angel fans would say yes in a heartbeat to this question. I myself and leaning toward the same sentiment, but if Cahill can get back to health he could be worth trying in the bullpen as he has spent over half of his career in that role and could help the Angels in that capacity.
For now let’s see what Jose Suarez can do his second time around in a “spot” start. After his last start he was quickly optioned back to Triple-A Salt Lake where he was warming up on Friday night to start for the Bees and was removed after only a couple of warm-up pitches when it was apparent he might be needed in Anaheim.
This afternoon will be interesting, as will the future of the Angels rotation.