Shoemaker’s start pushed back to Friday to ‘find a couple of things’
The Angels skipped Matt Shoemaker’s scheduled start Wednesday afternoon and pushed it back to Friday.
Shoemaker was told Tuesday night and was scheduled for a full bullpen session on Wednesday in which he was going to work on his fastball command, according to Angels manager Mike Scioscia.
Andrew Heaney makes the start today, which will be his Major League debut. He was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake, and Alfredo Marte was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Shoemaker was all good with the move.
"It’s fine. This game is full of adjustments," Shoemaker said. "Part of that is being ready to adjustment. Obviously, I was ready and planning to pitch today. They said ‘Hey, your day is Friday.’ So OK, great. Your day is Friday."
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Asked if this gives his body a chance to heal, Shoemaker said "nothing hurts."
Shoemaker, who won 16 games for the Angels last year, is 4-5 with a 5.20 ERA. In his last start at Oakland, he allowed five earned runs in four innings but didn’t figure into the decision.
"Matt Shoemaker has been working on a couple of things with (pitching coach Mike Butcher)," Scioscia said. "We wanted to give him time to hopefully work and find a couple of things, so we’re going to push him back to Friday. That opened a spot for Andrew."