Angels Lose Starter To Shoulder Strain

Will the Los Angeles Angles be sellers at the trade deadline? That is still up in the air. But if they were planning on peddling the expiring contract of starter Michael Lorenzen, that may have hit a snag, as the 30-year-old has been placed on the 15-day injured list.

He's been diagnosed with a right shoulder strain, pending an MRI. Per Angels beat writer Britt Ghiroli, this isn't he first time Lorenzen has had shoulder issues.  

The fact that he had struggled to an 8.31 ERA over his previous five starts should have been the red flag that something was going on. 

“Obviously he had a couple of tough starts where he threw a lot of pitches in a short number of innings,” Angels head athletic trainer Mike Frostad told the Orange County Register. “He went out to throw the other day and just felt that he wasn’t going to be able to get loose to throw a bullpen. Couldn’t go through his normal routine.

“So we made the decision that we need to investigate it a little bit more and... that the best thing right now is that he needs a little bit more rest.”

On the season, Lorenzen is sitting with a 4.94 ERA and 1.35 WHIP after the recent slide. He was considered to be a trade possibility, but the way things stand at the moment, the Angels are unlikely to be able to secure much in return.