JC Ramirez set to return to Angels after 15-month Tommy John rehab

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jonathan Lucroy (concussion, broken nose) is scheduled for one more game at Inland Empire on Tuesday night. If that goes well, he could be activated as soon as Wednesday, Ausmus said. …Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick, who collided with Lucroy to cause his injuries, had his two-game suspension upheld. …The Angels recalled left-hander Adam McCreery and optioned Luke Bard, continuing to shuffle pitchers to keep fresh arms in the bullpen in the wake of last Thursday’s 16-inning marathon. McCreery, a product of Bonita High and Azusa Pacific, was originally drafted by the Angels, but sent to the Atlanta Braves in the Jhoulys Chacin trade in 2016. He has since been with the Braves and Dodgers. The Angels got him back after the Dodgers designated him for assignment earlier this summer.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Griffin Canning, 3-6, 5.15) vs. Tigers (RHP Drew Verhagen, 1-1, 14.40), Tuesday, 7:07 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img ANAHEIM — The journey back is nearly complete for JC Ramírez.Ramírez is expected to be activated any day, completing more than 15 months of rehab since undergoing Tommy John surgery on April 17, 2018.“It’s been a lot,” Ramírez said. “It’s been a long process. Some days you feel good, some other days you don’t feel that good. But being in this position right now, where I know everything is going well and if I continue to feel good, I’ll be with the team, that’s a big thing for me.”Ramírez threw 17 pitches on Sunday night for Class-A Inland Empire, finishing his two months of rehab games. Over 12 games, including 10 starts, Ramírez had a 7.40 ERA, allowing 53 hits in 41-1/3 innings. He struck out 27. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Certainly, Ramírez and the Angels would have preferred to see more success in the minor league games, but the most important part of the rehab is how Ramírez feels.He said he felt major league-ready after Sunday’s game.“The slider was there, the curveball, even the changeup was good,” he said. “Velo was 92-94. Better.”Ramírez hasn’t quite recaptured the velocity from before he got hurt, when he was regularly throwing 95-96 mph. He hopes it will return, perhaps with the adrenaline of a big-league game or perhaps just with more time.Asked if the slightly diminished velocity figures to be an issue for Ramírez, Manager Brad Ausmus said: “We’ll see. I don’t know if it will be an issue at all.” In 2017, Ramírez posted a 4.15 ERA over 147-1/3 innings, working mostly as a starter.The Angels plan to use Ramírez as a multi-inning reliever the rest of this season. They could have as many as three in their bullpen if they add Ramírez to a mix with Trevor Cahill and Taylor Cole.Multi-inning relievers are more valuable than ever now because managers are more reluctant to let their starters face a lineup a third time, which means more calls to the bullpen in the fourth or fifth inning.ALSOKeynan Middleton, who had a setback in his rehab from Tommy John surgery last week, resumed his throwing program on Monday, Ausmus said. Ausmus said Middleton would have to build back up before restarting his rehab assignment, but he didn’t think that would take long. …Related Articleslast_img

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