Tropeano (shoulder) was activated and optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday. Tropeano has battled the shoulder injury since August of last season and could eventually serve as depth in the Angels rotation. However, with the debut of Griffin Canning and recent return of Tyler Skaggs, he may struggle to carve out a significant and consistent role.
Tropeano (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday. A shoulder injury ended Tropeano's 2018 campaign in August, and a setback delayed his start to this season. He could eventually push for starts with the Angels, but his 4.74 ERA in 14 starts last season doesn't make him particularly likely to carve out a large role.
Tropeano (shoulder) will head to the Angels' spring-training facility in Arizona on Sunday to begin throwing simulated games, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. With Tropeano's right shoulder having responded well to approximately five or six bullpen sessions, he'll move on to the next phase of his rehab by facing hitters in a controlled setting. The 28-year-old will build up to around six innings in simulated games before heading out on a minor-league rehab assignment, likely at some point in the second half of April. If health prevails and he fares well in the minors, Tropeano could make a case for a spot in the big-league rotation.
Tropeano (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports. This was expected, as Tropeano has been behind schedule all spring after suffering a setback in his recovery from a shoulder injury in February. The right-hander recently resumed mound work, but remains without a timetable for his return.
Tropeano (shoulder) has increased his throwing distance off flat ground to 180 feet this week, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports. With Tropeano's shoulder apparently responding well to the long-toss sessions, he said he'll be ready to take the mound Tuesday for an all-fastball bullpen session. Since he still hasn't faced hitters this spring, Tropeano is likely on track to join Andrew Heaney (elbow) on the Angels' injured list to begin the season. Those expected absences will pave the way for two of Jaime Barria, Felix Pena and Dillon Peters to break camp as members of the rotation.
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