9/20/2013 10:00 P.M. ET
Angels choose Shoemaker over two veterans
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- When the Angels needed a replacement for Jered Weaver on Friday, they turned to Matt Shoemaker, who had not been with the team all year and was not even invited to Spring Training. That does not seem to bode well for the man who was given a two-year, $15 million contract in December in Joe Blanton, or the man who was acquired in a one-for-one deal from the Braves for Jordan Walden (Tommy Hanson).
But Angels manager Mike Scioscia downplayed that Friday, saying the decision had more to do with getting a look at Shoemaker in his Major League debut than it did going against Hanson or Blanton.
"I think that tonight's one of those things that we're going to give Matt a shot," Scioscia said. "I don't think it's fair to compare it to why Joe isn't pitching or why Tommy isn't pitching. It's really not part of the equation. It's just, let's just see what Matt has."
Shoemaker -- 11-13 with a 4.64 ERA in 29 starts at Triple-A this year -- marked the 26th pitcher used by the Angels this season, three shy of the club record set in 1996.
Hanson, who will be a non-tender candidate in December, posted a 5.59 ERA in 13 starts earlier this season, was hit and miss after being optioned to Triple-A (4.50 ERA in six starts) and has not appeared in a game since being recalled Sept. 16. Blanton, who may get released in the offseason, is 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA and has been pitching mostly in mop-up duty since late July.
Friday was essentially the only time the Angels could try someone else in the rotation, with Weaver (right forearm tightness) expected to return Wednesday and the Angels mindful of the postseason ramifications for their final two opponents, the A's and the Rangers.
Asked if he has Hanson or Blanton penciled in for any starts the rest of the season, Scioscia said: "As of right now, no. But things can change. I'm not going to sit here and say they're not going to pitch, but I think that we have our guys who are going to take their turn, and then we'll see where it is."
Weaver expects to make final turn in rotation
ANAHEIM -- The lingering forearm tightness that prompted Jered Weaver to get scratched for Friday night's start against the Mariners was "nothing I'm worried about," the Angels starter said Friday.
Weaver felt the tightness after his Sept. 9 outing in Minnesota, but he hardly felt it when he took the ball against the Astros five days later and pitched six innings of two-run ball. Over the next couple of days, though, it crept up again, so he told Angels manager Mike Scioscia about it in Oakland, and the two decided it would be best for Weaver to skip his next turn through the rotation.
Weaver is confident he will be able to take his next turn against the A's on Wednesday, which would mark his final start this season.
As for why he wouldn't just shut it down with the Angels out of the playoff race?
"I didn't want people to think that I was just packing it in because it's the end of the season," Weaver said. "We still have a job to do. If I was feeling healthy, I'd be out there. But like I said, it's something that's been kind of lingering, and I just wanted to make sure Sosh knew about it and see how he wanted to go about it. I'm excited to go out there and make that last start on Wednesday."
Weaver, temporarily replaced by rookie Matt Shoemaker, did not require an MRI exam and planned to play catch again Saturday. The 30-year-old right-hander, who missed seven weeks early in the season with a broken left elbow, is 10-8 with a 3.36 ERA in 23 starts this season.
"I wish I was pitching today," Weaver said, "but there's certain things that are more important than trying to go out and push it."
Wilson to be honored as Angels' top pitcher
ANAHEIM -- C.J. Wilson will be presented with the Nick Adenhart Award on Saturday, which is voted on by the players and is presented annually to the Angels' best pitcher, but the team's public-relations department had yet to inform him about it when he arrived to the ballpark Friday.
Really, they didn't need to -- it has been obvious for quite a while.
On a team that has been hindered by starting pitching problems, Wilson has been the one constant, taking every turn through the rotation, setting a career high with 17 wins, posting a 3.36 ERA and leading the Angels' beleaguered staff in basically every category: starts (31), innings (198) and strikeouts (173).
Wilson, who still has two starts left, is the first Angels lefty with at least 17 wins and 170 strikeouts since Mark Langston and Chuck Finley in 1991.
Last year, he pitched like an All-Star in the first half (2.43 ERA) and struggled mightily in the second half (5.54 ERA), ultimately having offseason surgery to remove bone spurs in his left elbow.
This year, he has been consistent pretty much all year, with a 13-1 record and a 2.91 ERA since mid-June.
"The currency that we have is consistency," Wilson said. "If you're throwing your innings, taking the ball, making your starts, that's worth something. That's really all I can do. Hopefully that continues to happen for the rest of my time in an Angel uniform. I just want to win, and I want to be a consistent piece to the rotation. Hopefully we can have more people step up and be more consistent, as well."
• After Wilson receives the Nick Adenhart Award on Saturday, Weaver will be recognized with the team's Roberto Clemente Award (community service) on Monday and Mike Trout will be given the team's MVP trophy on Tuesday. Sunday is Fan Appreciation Day, with several giveaways going on throughout the game and each fan receiving a 2013 team photo upon entry.
• On Sunday at 7 p.m. PT, MLB Network will televise "The Lyman Bostock Story," looking back at the former Twins and Angels outfielder who was murdered four seasons into his career at age 27. The show, narrated by Bob Costas, will mark the 35th anniversary of Bostock's death and features the first on-camera interview with his widow, Yuovene Whistler. Jim Fregosi, Bert Blyleven and Don Baylor are among others who were interviewed.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.