Shoemaker had surgery on his right forearm Tuesday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Shoemaker was shifted to the 60-day disabled list May 19, and he went under the knife to decompress the nerves in his right forearm Tuesday. At this point, the timetable for his return remains unclear, but it seems unlikely that Shoemaker will be available at any point in the near future.
Shoemaker (forearm) was moved to the 60-day disabled list Saturday. It's not a great sign for Shoemaker, who hit the DL in early April after making just one start. It seems to indicate that things aren't going well in his recovery, especially after reports Friday noted that he does not yet have a clear diagnosis on the nerve compression in his forearm and that he may end up needing surgery.
Shoemaker does not have a clear diagnosis on the nerve compression in his forearm, but surgery has been discussed as an option, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic Los Angeles reports. Shoemaker hasn't appeared since his first start of the season May 31 against Oakland. He had surgery on the same forearm to release the radial nerve last August and was only able to make 14 starts last season due to injuries. If Shoemaker is forced to go under the knife again, he may have to miss the rest of 2018 as well. Shoemaker will visit Dr. Susan Mackinnon in St. Louis again next week, after which we can expect a decision.
Shoemaker (forearm) will be sent to see a nerve specialist next week, Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports. This is a concerning development after Shoemaker suffered a setback during his most recent bullpen session. He's been dealing with a nerve issue in his pitching arm since early in the season, but did show signs of improvement over the course of April before the setback. The visit with the specialist will give more specifics on Shoemaker's exact injury and recovery timeline.
Shoemaker (forearm) said Tuesday that he has increased his throwing distance off flat ground to 150 feet, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Shoemaker speculated that he would likely throw a bullpen session soon, but the Angels have yet to make a formal announcement on the right-hander's next step in his recovery from forearm stiffness. The 31-year-old was limited to one start this season before hitting the 10-day disabled list in early April and missed time due to a forearm issue during the 2017 campaign, so he'll almost certainly require a minor-league rehab start or two before the Angels are comfortable activating him.