MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Angels - INSIDE PITCH

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Los Angeles Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker will miss his next scheduled start on Saturday because of an oblique strain in his left side. Shoemaker, who had to leave Monday's game after feeling tightness in his side, had an MRI Tuesday.

Shoemaker was cautiously optimistic that he will be able to pitch in the playoffs for the Angels, who have already lost starters Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs for the season.

"Very optimistically, yeah," Shoemaker said about the playoffs. "There's not been one thing set in stone that says you're going to be ready in one week, you're going to be ready in two weeks. There's none of that. I'm going to show up tomorrow, do more treatment and see how it feels."

Shoemaker, who turns 28 later this month, is having a breakout season. An undrafted free agent who made only one major league start before this season, he is 16-4 with a 3.04 ERA.

"Besides saving our season, what has he done?" manager Mike Scioscia joked. "He's thrown strikes, he's brought his secondary pitches in, he's got a great feel for pitching, he competes well, it's one of the best stories that I've been around in my career. ... And he has saved our season."


MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Angels - NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 94-57

STREAK: Lost one

NEXT: Mariners (LHP James Paxton, 6-2, 1.83 ERA) at Angels (LHP C.J. Wilson, 12-9, 4.61 ERA)


--OF Josh Hamilton was in the starting lineup Tuesday, one day after manager Mike Scioscia said Hamilton had a "breakthrough" workout. Hamilton, out since Sept. 4 with a sore AC joint in his right shoulder, batted sixth in the lineup and went 1-for-3. The Angels went 10-1 without Hamilton in the lineup with his latest injury.

--RHP Matt Shoemaker was diagnosed with a mild oblique strain on his left side after undergoing an MRI exam Tuesday. He will miss his next scheduled start on Saturday, but Shoemaker said he hopes to be ready for the playoffs. Shoemaker is 16-4 with a 3.04 ERA.

--1B Albert Pujols was in the starting lineup Tuesday, one day after having to leave the game with a cramp in his left hamstring. Pujols clutched the hamstring while running to second after hitting a three-run double Monday. He left the game but insisted afterwards he was fine. Pujols leads the Angels in games played and at-bats.

--RHP Cory Rasmus threw four scoreless innings, allowing only one hit in the Angels' 13-2 loss to the Mariners Tuesday. Rasmus was making his fourth start in place of the injured Garrett Richards, but is still on a limited pitch count, having come from the bullpen. He made 43 pitches Tuesday, but manager Mike Scioscia went to the bullpen to start the fifth. "When he came out of the fourth, he was pretty gassed," Scioscia said. "We had talked about he would have 50 pitches and not much more than that. We had our bullpen lined up and we felt good about not having to stretch Cory. Unfortunately it didn't work out."

--LHP C.J. Wilson will start Wednesday against the Mariners. Wilson, who has won each of his last two starts, is 14-8 with a 3.76 ERA in 56 career games (19 starts) against the Mariners.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "You're not going to get it done every night. What these guys in that room have been doing is remarkable, especially with the guys that are injured right now. The guys that are out there every day, the position players, it's really remarkable. It's inspiring what they're doing, and we just let one get away tonight." -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia after a loss to Seattle on Tuesday.