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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Angels Injury Update: Matt Shoemaker will miss next start

By on 9/17/2014 06:30:00 PM

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker will miss his next scheduled start with a strained oblique, reports Matthew DeFranks of

Shoemaker exited Monday's win over the Seattle Mariners in the eighth inning with discomfort in his left side, which an MRI later revealed to be an oblique strain. The injury can be tricky to recover from, but it appears Shoemaker's strain is very mild.

The Angels have already clinched a playoff spot with the AL West crown soon to follow, so they can afford to rest Shoemaker at the moment. Manager Mike Scioscia said Anaheim would use a combination of relievers to replace Shoemaker on Friday against the Texas Rangers, as the team has been doing over the past few weeks to replace ace Garrett Richards.

What Anaheim cannot afford is losing Shoemaker for the playoffs, as Richards and Tyler Skaggs are both out for the season. The Angels have the best record in baseball, but a thin rotation could lead to trouble in the postseason.

Shoemaker has been one of the biggest surprises in baseball after posting rather unimpressive numbers in his minor league career. The 27-year-old rookie has 16 wins and a 3.04 ERA (3.26 FIP) in 27 games this season.

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