Mike Scioscia/Photo courtesy of Los Angels Anges
Angels manager Mike Scioscia was a catcher for 13 years in the big leagues, all with the Dodgers. Though his loyalty these days rests with the Angels, he has fond memories of his days with the team down the 5 Freeway.
“I’m always thankful for the opportunity to play with an organization like the Dodgers,” Scioscia said. “And not just to play at Dodger Stadium, but coming up through it and having access to the best coaches and mentors in the world, guys like Roy Campanella and Del Crandall and Johnny Roseboro from the catching perspective.
“And just getting to grow as a young baseball player, I got a great education there and so I’m very, very thankful for that. And you always have those memories. But right now it’s what our team is doing, what the Angels are doing and that’s what we want to focus on.”
Matt Shoemaker/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Angels
It’s been an interesting season for right-hander Matt Shoemaker. In 2014 he went 16-4 with an ERA of 3.04 and finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting. After struggling most of this season, Shoemaker was sent down to Triple-A Salt Lake City on Aug. 16 with a record of 5-9 and an ERA of 4.76. He was recalled and made two fine starts that brought his record to 7-9 and lowered his ERA to 4.31.
Shoemaker allowed just one hit and no runs in 7 1/3 innings on Aug. 27 at Detroit and just one run on five hits in seven innings Tuesday at Oakland.
Now, he’s suddenly suffering from a right forearm strain. Shoemaker was slated to start Monday against the Dodgers in Game 1 of the Freeway Series, but manager Mike Scioscia told reporters before Saturday’s game against the Texas Rangers that Nick Tropeano would take that start and Shoemaker could be pushed back as many as five days.
“He really pitched well in Detroit,” Scioscia said of Shoemaker. “Pitched really well, obviously, in Oakland. And (he) just felt it a little bit later that night and the next day.”
Scioscia said Shoemaker has not had this issue in the past.
Johnny Giavotella/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Angels
The Angels on Tuesday placed second baseman Johnny Giavotella on the 15-day disabled list with what a news release described as a “personal medical condition.”
Giavotella, who is batting .265 with three home runs and 40 RBIs, has not played since this past Thursday. Manager Mike Scioscia said Friday that Giavotella was “ill.” Scioscia said he could not say anything more because of Hipaa.
Giavotella told reporters Sunday he had been experiencing flu-like symptoms.
Grant Green is currently spelling Giavotella at second base. The Angels on Tuesday recalled right-handed pitcher Drew Rucinski to take Giavotella’s roster spot.
David Freese/Photo courtesy of Los Angels Angels
Third baseman David Freese, who has been on the disabled list since sustaining a fractured right index finger when he got hit with a pitch on July 22, is making progress.
Freese, 32, on Wednesday threw for the first time while putting pressure on the finger and manager Mike Scioscia was encouraged.
“David threw today and we hope he broke through a plateau because he felt really good about where he was today, not at a level where he needs to be to go out there and play, or get excited about him where he can go and play defense and get close,” Scioscia said before Wednesday’s game against the White Sox. “But this is the best he’s thrown since the injury and it’s encouraging.”