ANAHEIM — Matt Shoemaker’s season is over.
The Angels’ right-hander on Sunday decided to have season-ending surgery to release the radial nerve in his forearm. He had spent about a month trying to rehab the injury since it was finally diagnosed, and a setback during a bullpen session on Friday pushed him toward this decision.
“Just talking to all our guys, the medical professionals, the surgeons, when we put it all together, we’ve done everything we can,” Shoemaker said. “We’ve exhausted all options.”
Shoemaker will undergo surgery Tuesday. The expected rehab time is 12-14 weeks, which ends this season but should not threaten next season.
“I don’t want to miss any time, and that’s really tough,” Shoemaker said, “but it’s good to know we’re going to go in and get it fixed. The doctor is really confident.”
MRI FOR ESCOBAR
Yunel Escobar came out of Sunday’s game in the seventh inning with a right intercostal strain. Manager Mike Scioscia said the Angels are “concerned,” but they will know more after an MRI on Monday.
Escobar had missed a couple games earlier in the week with an upper back injury.
If Escobar misses any time, the Angels could move Luis Valbuena to third and have C.J. Cron play first, or Kaleb Cowart could play third with Cliff Pennington at second.
Andrew Heaney, who was initially not expected to pitch in the majors in 2017 after his July 1, 2016 Tommy John surgery, could be ready to return after allowing two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings on Sunday at Triple-A.
It was his fifth rehab outing, the second at Triple-A. Heaney threw 87 pitches, two more than Tyler Skaggs threw in his final Triple-A outing before returning to the majors this weekend.
Before Heaney’s outing, Scioscia said the Angels would closely analyze how he pitched and how he rebounded in the subsequent days before determining the next step.
“His rehab has been flawless,” Scioscia said. “He’s hit every marker when he’s needed to. He’s passed every level. Right now he’s making a strong case that he’s close.”
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