Middleton said he's trying to throw more changeups this season, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Middleton rarely threw his changeup in 2017, relying mainly on a fastball/slider combination. Incorporating a changeup more will give the reliever another pitch to turn to when his slider isn't working. The flamethrowing righty is competing for a setup role this spring after posting a 3.86 ERA over 58.1 innings last season.
Middleton pitched a scoreless inning of relief while allowing a hit and striking out one in Thursday's win over the Giants.
Middleton had a tumultuous rookie campaign in 2017, but he still managed to finish with a 3.86 ERA over 58.1 innings. The flamethrowing righty's three saves and 10 holds display the confidence manager Mike Scioscia has in his young reliever. Barring injury, Middleton should have a firm grasp on a late-inning reliever role, with the potential to take over as closer at some point this season if he can take the next step in his development.
Middleton (elbow) pitched a scoreless seventh inning with a pair of strikeouts for his ninth hold of the season in Saturday's 2-0 win over the Rangers.
Middleton was pulled from his previous outing Thursday with an ulnar nerve irritation in his right elbow. The 24-year-old made a speedy recovery, as expected, missing just one game before firing a perfect inning upon his return. While Blake Parker remains the Halos' top option for saves, Middleton is still in the mix while manager Mike Scioscia mixes and matches in the ninth; Yusmiero Petit got the save Saturday.
Middleton has been diagnosed with ulnar nerve irritation in his pitching elbow, but he may not be forced to miss any time, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
The rookie reliever was removed after facing one batter Thursday with an apparent arm injury. Any injury to a pitcher's elbow raises cause for concern, but manager Mike Scioscia downplayed the ailment as a "zinger," adding that Middleton plans to play catch Friday before deciding whether he will be forced to miss any time at all. The 24-year-old has received sporadic save opportunities over the last month, so fantasy owners who were hoping to cash in on additional saves should check back on Middleton's status prior to Friday's game against the Rangers.
Middleton was removed from Thursday's contest after four pitches with an apparent injury, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
It's not yet clear why Middleton was removed Thursday, but the report indicates he was flexing his forearm prior to leaving the game. Expect Middleton's status to be updated when more details become available.
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