Angels Insiders: Shoe, Pujols, Meyer, Additions

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The Bearded One got quite a scare on Sunday as a line drive from Kyle Seager came right back and knocked Matt Shoemaker in the right side of his head. Shoe never lost consciousness as he stumbled off the mound and then fell to his knees. But a laceration at the point of impact was a quick cause for concern, as if the comeback itself wasn’t enough. Shoe was taken to the hospital and received emergency surgery to stop bleeding from a small fracture in his skull. The Angels announced on Monday that Matt resting comfortably as of right now. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.

Around the Big A:

  • Albert Pujols hit another homerun in the first inning of Sunday’s contest in Seattle. The dinger was The Machine’s 133rd first inning blast of his career, passing Barry Bonds for the most in baseball since 1974. Albert is also 9th on the all-time homerun list, passing Frank Robinson, with 589 total. There’s a slim chance we’ll see him reach 600 by the end of this season. But mark your calendars. He’ll be passing that milestone next April. Exactly three years since becoming a member of the 500 club.

  • The bullpen has been getting a new look of late, and rightly so. With the recent acquisitions of hurlers like Andrew Bailey, the Fernando Salas trade, and Cam Bedrosian‘s season-ending surgery, the long-needed overhaul has already begun. Wright has never been a highly touted prospect, but scouts have raved about him and he was expected to be apart of the Reds’ future. But he looked like a Jekyll and Hyde coming up to the Majors. And he has struggled to regain that form even back in AAA ever since. Perhaps the change of scenery will help.
  • Wright was added to the active roster on Monday, along with Ji-Man Choi and A.J. Achter.
  • Also, Bedrosian’s surgery involved releasing a blood clot that was discovered while running routine tests on his finger for tendinitis. Cam will definitely be ready Spring Training next year. However, the question is what role he will serve since the Angels are already beginning a quick rebuild that seems to be focused on resetting the bullpen.

  • So now it’s time to see that young arm the Angels got for Hector Santiago at the trade deadline. After recovering from the shoulder injury that limited his opportunities this season, Meyer plowed his way through the Halos’ minor league system, just getting his feet wet and slowly increasing his pitch count. During all of this, the former #14 prospect in 2015 by Baseball Prospectus posted a 3.09 ERA. Hoping to jump into the future rotation, amidst major injuries to current young arms, the Halos are excited to have Meyer in the rotation, and has an opportunity to audition for 2017.