Angels hope Shoemaker finds form in Triple-A

Angels hope Shoemaker finds form in Triple-A

ANAHEIM -- Matt Shoemaker, who was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday, is scheduled to throw bullpen sessions on Tuesday and Thursday, then start Saturday for the Bees, before the Angels reevaluate the right-hander's progress.

Shoemaker has had an inconsistent year, following a 2014 season when he finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting. He has struggled with keeping pitches down, fastball command and keeping his mechanics in sync.

"The plan is for Matt to right now exhale a little bit and work on some stuff," manager Mike Scioscia said Monday. "Matt is absolutely in our plans. We hope he's gonna get back to where we know he can be. But this has been going on for a while with Matt, and it's been a process to try to work out at the Major League level. He needs to just get back and get into an environment where he can get a feel for some things, especially his fastball command."

Shoemaker had had starts pushed back on a few occasions during the season to give him time to work out kinks. This time, with a taxed bullpen, the Angels sent him down in a series of roster moves that included recalling relievers Cam Bedrosian and Mike Morin from Triple-A.

The Angels have yet to announce who will start on Thursday in Shoemaker's slot, but right-hander Nick Tropeano, the club's seventh-ranked prospect who has made two spot-starts this year, is a likely candidate.

Worth noting

David Freese (fractured right index finger) threw lightly on Tuesday.

"We're trying not to impact his finger right now for another couple days, but it's getting better," Scioscia said. "But it's not reflecting his throwing because he's not testing it; he's really just trying to activate his arm and take his finger off the ball.

"We couldn't really get a read on where his finger is yet, but just in touching it, it's much less sensitive today than it was yesterday, so it seems like he's moving in the right direction."

Freese likely won't go on a rehab assignment until his ability to throw improves.

Ryan Jackson, recalled from Triple-A on Sunday, made his first start for the Angels on Monday, at third base.

David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.