5/12/2014 8:30 P.M. ET
Shoemaker gets nod for opener vs. Phillies
By Jamie Ross / MLB.com
TORONTO -- Matt Shoemaker will take the mound against the Phillies in Philadelphia on Tuesday, manager Mike Scioscia told reporters prior to Monday's game.
Hector Santiago was originally slated to get the ball at Citizens Bank Park, but he was removed from the rotation this week after seven starts and will pitch out of the bullpen. Santiago is 0-6 with a 5.19 ERA.
Shoemaker will now audition for the vacant spot. The 27-year-old is 1-0 with a 6.31 ERA in five Minor League starts with Triple-A Salt Lake this season. No corresponding roster move was announced
"I think Matt will be valuable," Scioscia said. "He's been throwing the ball well his last couple of outings down there and hopefully he'll come in here and give us the game we need. Obviously there's a void in our rotation that we need filled and we'll see how Matt does."
Shoemaker made three relief appearances for the Angels this season, pitching 6 2/3 innings over three appearances for a 4.05 ERA.
Stewart to DL with bruised hand
TORONTO -- Another Angels third baseman is going on the shelf.
Ian Stewart was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday one day after he was hit on the left hand by a pitch from Blue Jays reliever Aaron Loup. X-rays came back negative, but the 29-year-old's hand was badly bruised.
The Angels promoted Luis Jimenez from Triple-A Salt Lake, and he will start at third base on Monday.
"It's still very sore today," said manager Mike Scioscia. "A lot of the time the X-rays can come back negative and you still might find something down the road. You take your time with it and hopefully it won't be too long until he can get back to baseball activities … but right now we want to exercise caution to make sure he's OK."
The Angels were already dealing with the loss of third baseman David Freese, who's on the DL with a fracture in his right middle finger.
Scioscia said Freese has been making progress and has started to swing the bat, but he's still not throwing.
"Right now it's still a little sore," he said. "[Throwing the ball] is probably the last thing that's going to come ... He's not that far behind, he's made a lot of progress."
• With eight players missing time due to injury, the Angels are one of the most banged up teams in baseball. That's provided opportunities for Minor League callups like Grant Green, Efren Navarro, and C.J. Cron, among others.
"Some of the guys that have come up, it's definitely kept our heads above water," Scioscia said. "Those guys are doing a good job … our depth has been really important on the position-player side."
• Kole Calhoun, who's on the DL with and injured ankle, has started running the bases.
• Josh Hamilton, who's been out with a Torn UCL in his left thumb, is expected to start live batting practice this week.
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.