Although he didn't initially break camp with the big club, Nick Tropeano spent the bulk of 2016 as a member of the Angels' rotation. The right-hander was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake in early April, and he impressed to the tune of a 3.25 ERA and 8.8 K/9 over the course of 10 starts prior to going down with a shoulder injury. His return produced mixed results, as he proceeded to serve up six home runs in his next three starts, although his 14:3 K:BB ratio was encouraging. Sadly, the 26-year-old was unable to build off of any of these successes, as he left a mid-July start with what ended up being a torn UCL and underwent Tommy John surgery in early August. The timing of the surgery means that Tropeano will likely miss most (if not all) of the 2017 season, meaning he'll have to wait to compete for a full-time rotation spot until 2018. That being said, his good results may be tough to sustain going forward, as his propensity to give up the long ball (1.8 HR/9) and his control issues (4.1 BB/9) will make it difficult to maintain such a sound ERA.
Tropeano announced Sunday that he's been cleared to begin a throwing program, Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports. Though this is an important next step in his recovery from August 2016 Tommy John surgery, Tropeano is still expected to miss the 2017 season. He'll likely be an important part of the team's 2018 plans when healthy.
Tropeano said his rehab from Tommy John surgery is going well and he could resume throwing in a few weeks, but a 2017 return is unlikely, the Orange County Register reports. Tropeano went under the knife last August, so even a late return this season would be a stretch considering the recovery time from Tommy John surgery generally falls in the 12-18 month range. With the current state of the Angels' rotation, the 26-year-old would likely slot right back into the rotation when he eventually returns to the mound.
Tropeano (elbow) was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday. Tropeano underwent Tommy John surgery in August, so he will likely miss most (if not all) of 2017. That being said, the Angels would like to keep him on the 40-man roster for the time being, so there's a good likelihood that he'll compete for a rotation spot once he's back to 100 percent.
Tropeano (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery after getting a second opinion on his elbow, Pedro Moura of the LA Times reports. Tropeano landed on the DL on July 19 after experiencing elbow soreness during an outing. He will likely miss all of the 2017 season after undergoing the procedure, and has a long recovery ahead of him. The 25-year-old was 3-2 with a 3.56 ERA and a 0.62 WHIP for the Angels over the course of 68.1 innings this season.
Tropeano (elbow) will most likely need Tommy John surgery after suffering a tear in his UCL, Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times reports. Tropeano will get a second opinion on his elbow after leaving Monday's contest against the A's after just two innings. He is potentially the third starting pitcher that would be out with UCL tears for Los Angeles this season, to go along with Garrett Richards and Andrew Heaney. If the injury does indeed require Tommy John surgery, Tropeano could likely miss most, if not all, of the 2017 season as well.