Sam Bachman made his highly anticipated MLB debut with the Los Angeles Angels this season, but it was cut short due to a right shoulder injury he sustained in July.
The right-hander was placed on the 15-day injured list that month with right shoulder inflammation, and he opted to have arthroscopic surgery to repair the issue earlier this month.
It was a disappointing end to what was otherwise a solid first season in the big leagues. When healthy, Bachman pitched to a 1-2 record with a 3.18 ERA, 3.73 FIP and 1.65 WHIP in 17 innings over 11 games.
After undergoing surgery, Angels general manager Perry Minasian said Bachman is expected to be ready for the start of Spring Training next year, via Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com:
Bachman, who was placed on the injured list with right shoulder inflammation in mid-July, is expected to be ready for Spring Training, Minasian said.
“Sam had his shoulder cleaned out,” Minasian said. “Just a scope to clear out some inflammation. He should be ready to go by Spring Training. This should really help him.”
The Angels originally selected Bachman with the ninth overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft. He saw time with three Minor League affiliates prior to making his big league debut this year.
Another pitcher on the mend from injury is Chris Rodriguez, who is looking to get back on a Major League mound for the first time since 2021.
Rodriguez spent most of the 2023 season rehabbing from right shoulder surgery, but had a couple of setbacks with his back that prevented him from rejoining the Angels.
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