Middleton and the Angels avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $800,000 deal, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Middleton returned from Tommy John surgery in late August and threw 7.2 innings down the stretch. He allowed just one run but walked more batters (seven) than he struck out (six). With a career 3.23 ERA in 83.2 major-league innings, Middleton should be able to fill a fairly high-leverage role this season as long as his injuries are fully behind him.
Middleton pitched two-thirds of an inning against Texas on Wednesday, giving up one hit.
Middleton came on in the sixth inning with two runners aboard and only one out. He gave up a run-scoring single to his first batter but retired the next two hitters on flyballs to get out of the inning. Most importantly, Middleton looked comfortable in his first major-league appearance in over 15 months, throwing eight of 14 pitches for strikes and hitting 95 mph on the radar gun. The 25-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery last May.
Middleton (elbow) was reinstated from the 60-day injured list Tuesday.
Middleton underwent Tommy John surgery in May of 2018, but after completing his rehab assignment, he's been given the green light to return to the big leagues. He'll step into a bullpen role, where he found success a season ago, though a return to the closer role this season seems like a stretch with Hansel Robles performing capably. Through 17.2 frames in 2018, Middleton posted a 2.04 ERA and 1.30 WHIP with a 16:9 K:BB.
Middleton (elbow) could return to the majors during the Angels' upcoming homestand, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Middleton made another rehab appearance with Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday, tossing two-thirds of an inning and walking one batter while striking out one. He has now made five appearances at the Triple-A level as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery, hurling 4.1 innings and giving up one run while striking out five. Manager Brad Ausmus has previously indicated that Middleton is close to a return to the big club, so it stands to reason that his activation will come during the team's next homestand, which begins Tuesday against Texas.
Middleton (elbow) is scheduled for another minor-league rehab appearance Wednesday, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Middleton hasn't pitched in the majors since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May of last year, but he's inching closer to a return. He's made four rehab appearances over the past two weeks, posting a 6:2 K:BB across 3.2 hitless innings, and he could be cleared to rejoin the Angels after one or two more successful outings.
Middleton (elbow) may only require one or two more rehab appearances before being activated, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
The 25-year-old's pitches hit the mid-90s in a rehab appearance Friday, and it appears as though Middleton could be close to a return from his injury. The right-hander has not seen major-league action since undergoing Tommy John surgery last May.
Middleton pitched one inning for Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday, retiring all three batters with one strikeout.
After Middleton pitched a perfect frame with High-A Inland Empire on Tuesday, he took another step toward returning to the majors with a 1-2-3 seventh inning in his first Triple-A appearance Friday. He was clocked at 92-93 mph on the radar gun. Middleton has not pitched in the big leagues since damaging his UCL and undergoing Tommy John surgery in May 2018, but his return seems close.
Middleton (elbow) will resume his rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday.
Middleton fired a scoreless inning with High-A Inland Empire on Tuesday, so he'll move up to Triple-A following his most recent outing. He's still on the road to recovery from Tommy John surgery.
Middleton (elbow) pitched one perfect inning in a rehab appearance with High-A Inland Empire on Tuesday, tossing 13 pitches and picking up two strikeouts.
Middleton gave up a pair of walks in his previous outing but had no control issues Tuesday, firing nine of 13 pitches for strikes. He touched 96 mph on his fastball as he attempts to make his way back to the big leagues after undergoing Tommy John surgery last May.
Middleton will pitch one inning in a rehab appearance with Inland Empire on Tuesday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Middleton made his first appearance in his latest rehab stint Saturday, throwing 19 pitches (10 strikes) and allowing two walks while striking out a pair. He mixed an assortment of pitches, with his fastball topping out at 95 mph. Middleton last pitched in the majors in May 2018 and has suffered a series of setbacks in his attempt to return, the latest of which was diagnosed as mild ulnar neuritis in mid-July.
Middleton (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Inland Empire on Saturday, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Middleton was pulled off his first rehab stint in mid-July after being diagnosed with mild ulnar neuritis, so he'll hope for a better end result this time around. He hasn't pitched in the major leagues since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May of 2018, so he'll need at least a few minor-league appearances before being activated from the injured list.
Middleton (elbow) was cleared to resume a throwing program Monday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Middleton was returned from his rehab assignment 10 days ago due to mild ulnar neuritis, though the Angels' medical staff has given him the green light to resume throwing. The team has yet to reveal a timetable for the right-hander's return, though they'll likely exercise caution given Middleton's recent setback. He underwent Tommy John surgery in May of 2018.
Middleton has been returned from his rehab assignment after being diagnosed with mild ulnar neuritis in his right elbow.
Middleton moved his rehab to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday after making three appearances in the lower levels, but he'll be shut down until further notice following this setback. An MRI showed that his repaired UCL is still intact, however, which is good news for the right-hander, who was nearing the finish line in his recovery from May 2018 Tommy John surgery.
Middleton (elbow) will move his rehab assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Middleton is working his way back from last May's Tommy John surgery. He's made three rehab appearances so far, striking out seven while allowing one walk and two hits in three innings.
Middleton (elbow) will take his rehab to High-A Inland Empire on Monday.
Middleton started a rehab stint Friday with the Angels' Arizona League affiliate, and he's already proven that he's ready to move up to the next level. The right-hander is coming off of Tommy John surgery that took place in May of 2019, and if all goes according to plan, he could be ready to return to Los Angeles' bullpen within the next few weeks, per Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register.
Middleton (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment with the Angels' Arizona League affiliate on Friday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Middleton will get his first competitive action since undergoing Tommy John surgery last May. He's allowed to spend up to a month on his rehab assignment before the Angels will be forced to activate him.
Middleton (elbow) is nearly ready to begin a rehab assignment, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Middleton has been working his way back from last May's Tommy John surgery. He could push for a spot near the back of the Angels' bullpen once he's ready to go.
Middleton (elbow) faced hitters Friday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
It had been reported earlier in the day that he would just throw a bullpen session before facing live hitters in the coming days, but that was inaccurate. Middleton continues his march back from Tommy John surgery, and could be activated at some point in the second half.
Middleton (elbow) threw a bullpen session Friday and is expected to face hitters for the first time in the coming days, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
It had been reported earlier in the week that he would face live hitters Friday, but that info was apparently incorrect. It does not sound like there was a setback, however.
Middleton (elbow) is set to face live hitters Friday, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Middleton will face live hitters for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May of 2018. The 25-year-old will then have to wait another three weeks prior to being activated off the injured list, meaning his return will come after the All-Star break.
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