By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Toronto Blue Jays lost one of its starting pitchers. Matt Shoemaker was injured in Saturday’s game against the Oakland Athletics.
He suffered a knee injury when he attempted to run down Matt Chapman’s hit. He was diagnosed with a torn ACL on Easter Sunday.
Now, with the torn ACL, Shoemaker will not play again during this season. He will now focus his attention on the 2020 season after he has surgery and rehab.
He had just 26 starts in two plus seasons. He was hampered by previous injuries.
This season, he had a 3-0 record in five starts. He had a 1.57 ERA and allowed seven runs (five earned runs), including three home runs, in 28 2/3 innings.
He also had 24 strikeouts and nine walks.
This could be the end of his Blue Jays tenure, as well. Shoemaker signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the team on Dec. 28, 2018.
With this torn ACL, he loses out on incentives in his contract that said he could have earned an additional $250,000 each for 150 innings, 160 innings, 170 innings, and 180 innings.
Before signing with the Blue Jays, he spent six seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. The 32-year-old Wyandotte, Michigan native was granted free agency on Nov. 30, 2018.
As an Angels pitcher, he went 43-32 with a 3.81 ERA in 106 appearances, including 98 starts. He also had six games finished, one complete game, and one shutout.
He allowed 255 runs (243 earned runs), including 77 home runs, on 543 hits in 573 2/3 innings. He also had 514 strikeouts and 138 walks.