Jump to content
  • Welcome to AngelsWin.com

    AngelsWin.com - THE Internet Home for Angels fans! Unraveling Angels Baseball ... One Thread at a Time.

    Register today to join the most interactive online Angels community on the net!

    Once you're a member you'll see less advertisements. Become a Premium member and you won't see any ads! 



OC Register: Angels pitchers Matt Shoemaker, Blake Wood require repeat surgeries

Recommended Posts

DETROIT — Matt Shoemaker’s mysterious forearm ailment has landed him on an operating table for the second year in a row, although Tuesday’s surgery does not appear to be season-ending.

Meanwhile, Blake Wood is scheduled for surgery to repair the ligament that was replaced via Tommy John surgery six years ago. The timetable on his recovery won’t be known until after Wednesday’s surgery.

The Wood news is not surprising after the Angels announced last week that he had a damaged ulnar collateral ligament.

Shoemaker underwent nerve decompression and pronator teres tendon repair surgery on Tuesday morning, the Angels announced. Shoemaker is expected to resume throwing progressions in six weeks, General Manager Billy Eppler said. With about 16 weeks to go in the season, that leaves time for him to pitch again in 2018.

Shoemaker, 31, pitched 5-2/3 innings in his first start of the season, and then complained of a forearm issue that sent him to the disabled list. The Angels had him tested for various nerve ailments over the next month and finally sent him to undergo days worth of tests with a specialist in St. Louis.

Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.

All along, Shoemaker expressed frustration with being unable to pitch, and also that he couldn’t even get a definitive answer for what was wrong. Apparently, the answer led him back to surgery for the second year in a row.

Shoemaker was hurt in June 2017 and tried various forms of rehab until August, when he finally underwent surgery to release the radial nerve. He returned to pitch in the instructional league in October, which gave him reason to be hopeful for a healthy 2018.

Shoemaker is under control to the Angels through 2020.

Wood is a free agent at the end of this season, so it remains to be seen if he will pitch for the Angels again.

The 32-year-old right-hander was claimed on waivers from the Cincinnati Reds last year. Although he finished the season with a 4.76 ERA with the Angels, his 22 strikeouts in 17 innings were one of the main reasons the Angels saw enough potential to bring him back this year. Wood had allowed three runs in 11-2/3 innings so far this season, before getting hurt.

He previously underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012.

View the full article

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...