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Josh Hamilton will start in left field and bat seventh.

If he's healthy enough to play, the Angels have to start him. It's really as simple as that. He's got tremendous power potential, so if he does get hot at the plate, then he's going to do some damage. If he doesn't, then it's no big deal and they quietly replace him. It's not like he was the reason they won the division, right?
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

1 Oct, 06:08 PMSource

Matt Shoemaker will start Game 2.

Shoemaker has tested his oblique multiple times and is definitely deserving of the nod here. Shoemaker was an outstanding waiver pick-up for fantasy owners this year as he went 16-4 with a 3.02 ERA and 124 strikeouts in 136 innings.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

1 Oct, 06:06 PMSource

 Josh Hamilton says he's feeling better and is ready for the playoffs later this week. "I feel good, just like yesterday. I ran, threw, faced a lot of pitching, so I'm good to go," Hamilton said.

The Angels are certainly a powerhouse, but they are even better when Hamilton is healthy and productive. Hamilton is feeling better, but we also know how fragile he is. If he is feeling pain he is probably going to try to play through it, but that could be a detriment to his overall play. He has another couple of days before he has to get into game action so hopefully he's almost 100 percent by the time Thursday night rolls around.
Analyst: David Kerr  View Profile

30 Sep, 09:22 PMSource

Angels hitting coach Don Baylor said Josh Hamilton looks "ready" for ALDS after his batting practice session. His swings were free and easy, without any restrictions.

The Angels were very cautious with Hamilton during the last month of the regular season so he would be healthy for the postseason. It looks like they made the right moves because Hamilton is going be ready for the ALDS and the Angels desperately need his bat in the lineup.
Analyst: Mark Kaplan  View Profile

30 Sep, 05:07 PMSource

Angels P Matt Shoemaker said his bullpen session went great and has no doubt he will pitch in ALDS.

Definitely a positive report and potentially good news. We will, however, wait until Mike Scioscia makes the final decision.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

30 Sep, 04:51 PMSource

Angels Matt Shoemaker will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday. He seems like the likely starter for Game 3.

Shoemaker threw about 40 pitches during a session Sunday and then played catch Monday without reporting any problems. The Angels will keep a close eye on him between now and Game 3 as his ability to pitch effectively is vital to their championship run.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

30 Sep, 03:27 PMSource

Josh Hamilton will face live pitching Tuesday. He said he's confident he'll start in LF on Thursday in Game 1.

We have only seen Josh Hamilton play one game since September 4 due to right shoulder, chest, and rib cage injuries. All signs are pointing to him playing left field for Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday. The veteran outfielder has received a whopping 12 cortisone shots over the past couple of weeks to deal with the injuries. He finished the season batting .263 which is 30 points lower than his career average of .295.
Analyst: Drew Phelps  View Profile

30 Sep, 02:22 PMSource

Matt Shoemaker (rib-cage strain) played light catch Monday and is expected to throw in the bullpen again Tuesday.

Shoemaker had a successful bullpen session Sunday and reported no issues after his game of catch Monday. With the ALDS not opening until Friday, there's a very strong chance that he'll be past this oblique issue and will be available over the weekend.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

29 Sep, 03:21 PMSource

Matt Shoemaker (oblique) threw 30 to 40 pitches during a mound session on Sunday.

The mound session was a success as Shoemaker needed to prove to Mike Scioscia that he's ready for post-season action. The ALDS starts up Thursday, so Shoemaker will have plenty of time to rest and be ready for a potential start over the weekend.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

29 Sep, 10:23 AMSource

Corey Rasmus fell to 3-2 after he allowed two runs on three hits and a walk with three strikeouts over three innings in the Angels loss to the Mariners on Sunday. 

Rasmus only threw 55 pitches in today's outing that only saw him around for three innings. While his ERA ends at 2.57 for the year, he wasn't used in many fantasy leagues because he wouldn't last deep into ball games. He was turned into a starter, and it seems to be as if the Angels want him as a starter in 2015. If that would be the case, he would have a whole spring training as a starter to work on increasing his pitch count. He could be a late round draft pick for owners, as he could have some high upside as a starting pitcher for a good offense.
Analyst: Colby Conway  View Profile

28 Sep, 07:07 PM

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