Meyer's right shoulder rehab hits snag

Angels shut down pitcher after renewed inflammation

Meyer's right shoulder rehab hits snag

SEATTLE -- Alex Meyer has been shut down from throwing after experiencing renewed inflammation in his right shoulder, delaying the timetable for his return to the Angels' rotation.

Meyer, who has been on the 10-day disabled list since July 24, had been playing catch, but he stopped throwing after his shoulder flared up again this week. Still, manager Mike Scioscia said Meyer is improving and could be cleared to pick up a ball soon.

"He had a little bit of inflammation that creeped back in," Scioscia said. "We're quieting it down. He's doing much better, though. He's close."

With seven weeks remaining in the season, Meyer will not have that much time to build up his arm once he's cleared to begin a throwing progression, but Scioscia has said that he thinks the 27-year-old right-hander could come back quickly since he's missed less than three weeks.

"I don't think it's out of the realm of possibility that it could come quickly for Alex," Scioscia said. "It's really just a matter of him getting on the mound, maybe getting some innings under his belt just to fine tune some stuff and going out and competing."

Before getting hurt, Meyer logged a 3.74 ERA over 67 1/3 innings in 13 starts for the Angels this season.

Worth noting

• After a slow start to the season, first baseman C.J. Cron has been swinging a hot bat for the Angels, collecting hits in 12 of his last 16 games and batting .382 (13-for-34) in August entering Saturday. He also has five home runs in his last 11 games, bringing his season total to eight. Initially limited to starts against left-handers, Cron's recent stretch has helped him earn more playing time against righties.

"His at-bats have gotten better," Scioscia said. "He's hitting the ball harder. He's driving the ball, all the things he needs to do. He's picked it up his last 50 at-bats."

Cron's solo home run

• Left-hander Andrew Heaney (Tommy John surgery) allowed one run on six hits while walking two and striking out two over seven innings in his rehab start with Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday. Heaney, who threw 94 pitches, now has six Minor League starts under his belt and could be ready to come off the disabled list during the Angels' series in Baltimore next weekend.

Yunel Escobar (right oblique strain) has been doing mobility exercises but has not yet been cleared to resume baseball activities.

Cameron Maybin received a day off on Saturday night in Seattle, with Ben Revere batting leadoff and playing left field in his stead.

• The Angels activated right-hander Andrew Bailey from the 60-day disabled list on Saturday and designated outfielder Cesar Puello for assignment to clear a spot on the roster.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.