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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Angels Injury Update: Matt Shoemaker, Josh Hamilton, Dane De La Rosa

By on 9/27/2014 04:00:00 PM

The Los Angeles Angels have clinched the top seed and, therefore, home field advantage throughout the American League playoffs, and now, they are working on getting their regulars healthy and back on the field in time for the start of the ALDS, which begins Thursday, October 1. Here are the latest updates on Matt Shoemaker, Josh Hamilton, and Dane De La Rosa  via's Alden Gonzalez and Matthew DeFranks.

Matt Shoemaker

When we last reported on Shoemaker, his status for the postseason was hopeful but not certain. It appears now, though, that Shoemaker's postseason status has turned for the better. Gonzalez called Shoemaker's return for the ALDS "a real possibility" as the right-hander continues to show progress in his recovery from a mild oblique strain on his left side.

Gonzalez said that Shoemaker has thrown on five consecutive days, reaching distances of up to 150 feet with discomfort lessening daily. Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher expressed great confidence that he will have Shoemaker back for the ALDS although, as Gonzalez puts it, "he'll have to throw an aggressive bullpen session before then."

Shoemaker is 16-4 with a 3.04 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 27 appearances (20 starts) for the Angels this season. He last pitched on September 15.

Josh Hamilton

Left fielder Josh Hamilton continues to perform hitting, running, and fielding drills as he attempts to make it back in time for the postseason. Hamilton has played in one game since September 4 because of inflammation in his ribs. He also had some chest and shoulder problems. He will likely hit in a simulated game after the regular season ends on Sunday. He will have few days to show himself ready before the ALDS begins on Thursday.

Hamilton hit .263 with 10 HR and 44 RBI in 89 games this year.

Dane De La Rosa

The news is not as good for right-hander Dane De La Rosa. After an injury-plagued season in which he appeared in just three games, he had surgery to repair the inflammation in his right knee says DeFranks. De La Rosa did make 32 Minor-League appearances and compiled a record of 3-2 with a 5.34 ERA and 1.38 WHIP.

DeFranks says that the Angels have taken De La Rosa off the 40-man roster, and he will become a Minor League free agent during the coming offseason.

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