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Monday, September 29, 2014

Angels Injury Update: Matt Shoemaker, Josh Hamilton

By on 9/29/2014 02:00:00 PM

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker and outfielder Josh Hamilton are both progressing towards a return from injury in the American League Division Series, reports Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times:

Shoemaker suffered a mild oblique strain during a September 15 outing against the Seattle Mariners and hasn't pitched in a game since. He was able to throw all of his pitches at maximum effectiveness in a bullpen outing Sunday and will pitch to live hitters this week before likely starting Game 3 of the ALDS.

The 28-year-old rookie surprised everyone this season with a 16-4 record with a 3.04 ERA (3.36FIP) in 20 starts this season. With Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs out for the season, the Angels can't afford to have Shoemaker at anything less than full capacity.

Hamilton is a little less of a certainty after playing in just one of Anaheim's last 22 games due to rib and chest injuries. The 33-year-old will face live pitching this week before determining if he is ready to start the playoffs.

The 2014 season has been marred by injuries for Hamilton, who has hit 263/.331/.414 in just 89 games.

Los Angeles ends the regular season with the best record in the majors and will open the playoffs at home on Thursday against the winner of the AL Wild Card Game.  

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