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OC Register: Nick Tropeano hoping to return to Angels’ rotation soon

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ANAHEIM — Nick Tropeano is ready to rejoin the Angels rotation.

At least, he says he is. Whether he does is out of his hands.

A day after Tropeano threw five scoreless innings for Class-A Inland Empire on Saturday night, he said he felt good enough to make his next start in the majors.

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“I was kind of just trying to get my feet back under me,” said Tropeano, who has been out about a month with a shoulder injury. “I hadn’t been on the mound in a little bit. I felt good. I was trying to work on all my pitches. The results don’t matter. I felt good coming out of it. That’s the most important thing.”

Tropeano only needed 52 pitches to get through his five innings, so that was well short of a normal starter’s workload. Garrett Richards last week returned to the rotation after throwing just 63 pitches in his one rehab outing. He threw 80 in his first game back.

Manager Mike Scioscia was noncommittal on the plans for Tropeano.

“We’ll get an evaluation on Nick and see what the next step might be,” he said.

The Angels also may be getting Tyler Skaggs back within a few days.

Skaggs, who is out with a tight hamstring, was expected to throw a bullpen session on Sunday and then be re-evaluated. Skaggs is eligible to come off the disabled list on Wednesday. The Angels have no starter listed for Thursday, so he could pitch then, if all goes well.


As Zack Cozart sat in the Angels clubhouse on Sunday, with his left arm in a sling, he said he was not expecting to need season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum.

“I was really optimistic, thinking I’d need three or four weeks of rehab,” said Cozart, who spoke to reporters for the first time since undergoing surgery just over a week earlier. “It didn’t go that way.”

Cozart, who was hurt when he hit the ground awkwardly trying to make a play on June 13, said he’d been taking batting practice, fielding ground balls and throwing. He hadn’t been playing catch because when he reached across his body with his glove his shoulder felt loose.

He said he’s expecting to be fully functional by the start of spring training.


Shohei Ohtani, who fouled a ball off his knee on Saturday night, was not in the lineup on Sunday, although Scioscia said before the game his availability hadn’t yet been determined. He said X-rays were negative. Ohtani likely wouldn’t have been in lineup anyway because the Angels were facing a lefty. Ohtani is 4 for 34 against lefties this season…

Matt Shoemaker (forearm nerve surgery) said he will begin his throwing program on Tuesday. It will take weeks for him to get on a mound, though. If he is able to pitch again this season, it will be well into the second half.


Angels (Garrett Richards, 5-4, 3.42) vs. Mariners (Mike Leake, 8-5, 4.11), Tuesday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (AM 830).

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