Sk­aggs loses in re­turn

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Pe­dro Moura pe­dro.moura@la­ Twit­ter: @pe­dro­moura

In his first start since April 28, the left-han­der is un­able to find a rhythm.

As he built his arm strength af­ter an­other set­back in his in­jured fore­arm, An­gels right-han­der Matt Shoe­maker re­ported feel­ing great. But he con­tin­u­ally cau­tioned that no barom­e­ter mat­tered un­til he could throw without pain for ex­tended pe­ri­ods.

He at­tempted that for the first time Fri­day. He threw a sim­u­lated in­ning in a bullpen ses­sion, then sat down, waited, and went to throw an­other. A few pitches into the sec­ond in­ning, the fa­mil­iar tug near the top of his fore­arm re­turned.

“It’s one of those things where, right then and there, I just wanted to run through a wall,” Shoe­maker said.

“It was a cou­ple rough hours af­ter the bullpen, me be­ing an­gry and frus­trated.”

A team physi­cian broached the pos­si­bil­ity of surgery, which Shoe­maker said had not been dis­cussed.

He has pos­te­rior in­terosseous nerve syn­drome, mean­ing the nerve near the top of his fore­arm is be­ing com­pressed, caus­ing dis­com­fort.

Since he first felt pain in the fore­arm dur­ing a June 9 start in Hous­ton, he has re­ceived anti-in­flam­ma­tory in­jec­tions, un­der­gone ther­apy and taken time to let it heal. Noth­ing has worked. “In talk­ing with Matt, he's got a big de­ci­sion,” man­ager

Mike Scios­cia said Satur­day.

“But he’s come to grips with the fact that he’ll have to have some­thing done. When and where, I think there’s things he’s look­ing at.”

Asked to clar­ify, Scios­cia said, “It’ll be a surgery.”

“They’ve ex­hausted ev­ery other op­tion,” the man­ager said.

Scios­cia then said he did not want to speak for Shoe­maker.

“Surgery is al­ways your last re­sort,” Scios­cia said. “He’s tried ev­ery­thing to get where he needs to be and it’s just not hap­pen­ing right now.”

Shoe­maker said he was going to take a “cou­ple days” to re­search any other op­tions and con­tact pitch­ers who have un­der­gone the surgery.

Shoe­maker, 30, pitched in 14 games and had a 4.52 earned-run av­er­age. He wouldn’t spec­u­late on whether he could pitch again this sea­son.

“I’m al­ways op­ti­mistic,” Shoe­maker said.

“That’s been the goal. But if surgery hap­pens, un­for­tu­nately prob­a­bly not.”

Short hops

Right-han­der Alex Meyer is still play­ing light catch from no far­ther than 80 feet. Be­cause he has not pitched since July 19 and re­mains more than a week away from throw­ing off a mound, he is un­likely to re­turn be­fore Septem­ber. He has been suf­fer­ing from shoul­der in­flam­ma­tion. … Left fielder Cameron May­bin, on the dis­abled list since July 19 be­cause of a knee lig­a­ment sprain, played the sec­ond game of his sched­uled re­hab as­sign­ment for triple-A Salt Lake and is ex­pected back in Ana­heim on Sun­day, which would have him ac­ti­vated Mon­day. … The An­gels op­tioned right-han­der Daniel

Wright to Salt Lake to make room for Tyler Sk­aggs, their Satur­day starter.

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