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Top Sam Bachman News

  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Reinstated, optioned to Double-A

    The Angels reinstated Bachman (shoulder) from the 60-day injured list Friday and optioned him to Double-A Rocket City.

    Bachman has spent the past few months rehabbing from an offseason shoulder surgery, and after tossing three innings in his first appearance with Rocket City, was returned from his rehab assignment. Still, Bachman will remain at the Double-A level for the time being. The 24-year-old garnered a 3.18 ERA in 17.0 innings with the Angels in 2023.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Set for start in Double-A

    Bachman (shoulder) will move his rehab assignment to Double-A Rocket City on Thursday, Rhett Bollinger of reports.

    Bachman allowed an earned run on three hits across three innings while recording two strikeouts in his most recent rehab outing in the rookie-level Arizona Complex League on Saturday. The righty will now head to Double-A as he gets stretched back out following offseason shoulder surgery.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Continuing rehab assignment

    Bachman (shoulder) started a game for the Angels' Arizona Complex League team June 3 and is slated to throw three innings for the club Saturday, per

    Bachman removed himself from a rehab outing May 30 due to neck stiffness, but he said he felt better the next day and was able to toss two innings June 3. That outing went well, as the right-hander didn't allow any runs or hits and struck out four batters. Bachman will look to increase his workload by an inning in his next appearance as he continues to build up following offseason shoulder surgery.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Dealing with neck stiffness

    Bachman (shoulder) pulled himself from a rehab outing Thursday due to a stiff neck, per

    Bachman is attempting to return from offseason shoulder surgery and began a rehab assignment May 25. His second appearance was slated to last two frames, but the neck issue instead limited Bachman to just two-thirds of an inning. The right-hander said he felt better the following day, but it's unclear when his next rehab outing may take place.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Returns to game action

    Bachman (shoulder) tossed a scoreless inning Saturday in the rookie-level Arizona Complex League, allowing one hit and striking out one batter.

    Bachman is making his way back from offseason shoulder surgery, and he appears to be past the mid-back spasms that slowed his throwing progression in late April. The right-hander is likely looking at several minor-league outings before the Angels consider activating him from the injured list. All 11 of Bachman's big-league appearances last season came in relief, and he could fill a similar role upon his return to the big club unless a spot opens up in the team's rotation.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Faces hitters

    Bachman (shoulder) threw live batting practice Friday, Rhett Bollinger of reports.

    Bachman began throwing off a mound May 7, and Friday marks another major step in his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery. The 24-year-old righty will almost certainly require a lengthy rehab assignment before the Angels think about adding him to their rotation, though the team has not yet specified when his assignment will start.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Resuming mound work

    Bachman (shoulder) is scheduled to throw off a mound Tuesday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    Bachman underwent shoulder surgery last October and had his rehab halted by back spasms in late April. However, the back issue appears to have subsided, allowing the right-hander to resume working toward a return to game action. Bachman is likely to need a multi-week rehab assignment in the minors before the Angels consider bringing him up to the big-league club.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Rehab slowed by back issue

    Bachman (shoulder) is dealing with mid-back spasms, causing his throwing progression to be put on hold, per

    Bachman has been at the Angels' training facility in Arizona rehabbing from October's shoulder cleanup surgery. It was initially expected that the righty hurler would be ready to pitch by the start of spring training, but he's instead been progressing slowly and was placed on the 60-day IL in late March. Bachman could still be ready to return by the beginning of June if the back spasms don't halt his throwing progression for an extended period.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Goes on 60-day IL

    The Angels placed Bachman (shoulder) on the 60-day injured list Wednesday.

    Bachman is still working his way back from an October cleanup procedure on his right shoulder and is believed to be limited to playing catch off flat ground at this stage in his rehab program, so it's not overly surprising that the Angels are preparing for him to miss at least the first two months of the season. By moving Bachman to the 60-day injured list, the Angels were able to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for infielder Miguel Sano, whose contract was selected ahead of Thursday's season opener in Baltimore.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Advancing through throwing program

    Bachman (shoulder) is expected to play catch from 75-to-90 feet Monday, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.

    Bachman is gradually increasing his throwing distance off flat ground as he makes his way back from the right shoulder surgery he underwent Sept. 28. The 24-year-old is expected to miss at least the first month of the 2024 season and could be optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake once he's reinstated from the injured list.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Slated to miss first month

    Bachman is expected to miss the first month of the season following right shoulder surgery last October, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    Bachman missed the final three months of last season with a shoulder issue which eventually required a cleanup procedure. The 24-year-old was pitching in relief for the Angels before getting hurt but is slated to open the 2024 season in the Triple-A Salt Lake rotation, once healthy.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Good progress with shoulder

    Angels general manager Perry Minasian said Tuesday that Bachman (shoulder) is on track to be ready for the beginning of spring training, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

    Bachman spent the final three months of the 2023 campaign on the major-league injured list due to a shoulder issue that eventually required cleanup surgery, but Minasian said the 24-year-old right-hander is "feeling good" here in early December. Minasian also added that the Angels view Bachman as a starter long term despite having him debut in relief this past summer.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Undergoes shoulder surgery

    Bachman recently underwent cleanup surgery on his right shoulder, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    The belief is that he will be ready for the beginning of spring training in February. Bachman, 24, posted an encouraging 3.18 ERA with 14 strikeouts over his first 17 major-league innings this season for the Angels before being shut down in mid-July due to nagging shoulder issues.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Shut down from throwing program

    Angels manager Phil Nevin said Sept. 2 that Bachman had his throwing program shut down due to a setback with his inflamed right shoulder, reports.

    Bachman had been shut down coming out of the All-Star break due to the shoulder issue before being cleared to throw at some point in August. Nevin noted that the Angels had been eyeing a mid-September return for Bachman, but the 23-year-old right-hander now appears poised to finish the 2023 campaign on the shelf in light of his recent shutdown. The skipper said that he isn't "too alarmed" about Bachman's injury, so the expectation is that he'll be a full participant for spring training.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Moved to 60-day IL

    Bachman (shoulder) was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day injured list early in the week, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    Bachman was diagnosed with right shoulder inflammation in mid-July and was subsequently placed on the 15-day IL. Per, the rookie right-hander had not yet resumed throwing at the time he was moved to the 60-day IL on Aug. 1. Bachman will now be out of action until at least mid-September.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: To 15-day IL

    Bachman was placed on the 15-day injured list Friday with right shoulder inflammation.

    Bachman had given up five earned runs while allowing 11 hits and three walks over his last five innings (four appearances). Matt Moore was reinstated in a corresponding move.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Notches first big-league save

    Bachman earned a save against the Royals on Friday, striking out two batters in two perfect innings.

    Patrick Sandoval held KC scoreless over seven frames, and Bachman continued the shutout by retiring all three batters he faced in the eighth. Rather than turn to closer Carlos Estevez, who walked all three batters he faced the previous night, Angels manager Phil Nevin allowed Bachman to finish things out in the ninth with Los Angeles holding a 3-0 lead. The rookie succeeded with ease, retiring the side in order on 14 pitches. Bachman has allowed just one run over 12 innings as a major leaguer thus far, though his 10:8 K:BB suggests he's benefitted from some good fortune. Nonetheless, he may be moving up in the bullpen pecking order given his propensity for keeping runs off the board so far.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Scoops up win in relief

    Bachman was credited with his first MLB win in Monday's 9-6 victory over the Rangers in 12 innings after striking out one while giving up one hit and walking one in two scoreless frames out of the bullpen.

    The Angels likely aren't ready to pull the plug on developing Bachman as a starter, but he's quickly become an integral member of the bullpen since being called up from Double-A Rocket City in late May for his MLB debut. In six outings in relief, Bachman has compiled a 0.90 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 8:8 K:BB in 10 innings. The poor WHIP and strikeout-to-walk ratio are warning signs that Bachman may be pitching over his head, but he could end up seeing more opportunities in higher-leverage spots nonetheless while the Angels are without two key late-innings arms in Ben Joyce (elbow) and Matt Moore (oblique).

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Fans four in big-league debut

    Bachman tossed two innings against Miami on Friday, allowing one run on four hits and two walks while striking out four batters.

    It was a mixed bag for Bachman in his first major-league outing -- he threw just 26 of 47 pitches for strikes and allowed three baserunners in each of his two frames, though the Marlins posted only one run on him. The right-hander also impressed with four punchouts while throwing his fastball in the high-90s. Bachman started in all 23 of his minor-league appearances after being a first-round draft pick by the Angels in 2021, but he's expected to work out of the bullpen during his initial stint in the majors.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Selected from Double-A

    The Angels selected Bachman from Double-A Rocket City on Friday.

    The 23-year-old righty has has trouble finding the strike zone consistently at Double-A, but he will join the Angels' bullpen nonetheless, likely in a multi-inning role. Reyes Moronta was designated for assignment Friday in order to make room for Bachman on the active roster.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 235 lbs
Birthplace: Indianapolis, IN
Age: 24
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: R, R