SEATTLE — Alex Meyer was certain he was going to pitch again in 2017, all the way up until the moment his shoulder told him he wasn’t.
Meyer was throwing in late August when he suddenly felt something in his shoulder that let him know his season was over.
“I went out to throw one day and it was not good,” said Meyer, who joined the team this weekend in Seattle to give moral support. “It was back to where it was. It was definitely something I was not expecting. I was extremely confident I was coming back until that day.”
Adding to his frustration, Meyer pitched one of his best games right before he got hurt, tossing seven scoreless innings and allowing one hit against the Washington Nationals in July.
“That’s the hardest part,” Meyer said. “I felt I had a substantial amount of innings, some repetition and success. I think ‘I can pitch up here and help.’ And to have it go away that fast, it kind of stinks.”
Now, Meyer is in a holding pattern. He isn’t throwing, and doesn’t know when he will be able to try again.
“It’s frustrating,” he said. “The only option is time off. That’s where we’re at. I’m kind of confused and at a loss for words.”
Meyer said he’s not sure about surgical options. He’s also not sure if the bullpen may be in his future. In 2015, when the Twins first moved him to the bullpen in Triple-A, he stayed healthy for the whole season.
“I don’t know if there’s a correlation,” he said, “but I can’t say there’s not.”
The Angels optioned Jose Alvarez to Triple-A at the end of June, after he’d struggled to a 5.40 ERA. He returned at the All-Star break for a couple weeks, and then for good in early August.
In the second half, he has not allowed a run in 13 1/3 innings. He’s also stranded all six inherited runners.
Alvarez got his ERA back down to 3.74, which is right in line with his 3.49 and 3.45 marks in the previous two full big league seasons.
“I think right now is like what we saw in 2015 going down to the wire,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “He got big outs for us all month. His command is there. His velocity is good. He’s getting the ball good on lefties, spotting it away both sides. He threw some good sliders last night. He’s definitely throwing the ball more consistently.”
Huston Street has progressed slowly in his throwing program in Arizona, Scioscia said. Street had said his goal was to return by the middle of September, but that…