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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Goes on 60-day IL

    The Angels placed Bachman (shoulder) on the 60-day injured list Wednesday.

    Bachman is still working his way back from an October cleanup procedure on his right shoulder and is believed to be limited to playing catch off flat ground at this stage in his rehab program, so it's not overly surprising that the Angels are preparing for him to miss at least the first two months of the season. By moving Bachman to the 60-day injured list, the Angels were able to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for infielder Miguel Sano, whose contract was selected ahead of Thursday's season opener in Baltimore.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Advancing through throwing program

    Bachman (shoulder) is expected to play catch from 75-to-90 feet Monday, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.

    Bachman is gradually increasing his throwing distance off flat ground as he makes his way back from the right shoulder surgery he underwent Sept. 28. The 24-year-old is expected to miss at least the first month of the 2024 season and could be optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake once he's reinstated from the injured list.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Slated to miss first month

    Bachman is expected to miss the first month of the season following right shoulder surgery last October, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    Bachman missed the final three months of last season with a shoulder issue which eventually required a cleanup procedure. The 24-year-old was pitching in relief for the Angels before getting hurt but is slated to open the 2024 season in the Triple-A Salt Lake rotation, once healthy.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Good progress with shoulder

    Angels general manager Perry Minasian said Tuesday that Bachman (shoulder) is on track to be ready for the beginning of spring training, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

    Bachman spent the final three months of the 2023 campaign on the major-league injured list due to a shoulder issue that eventually required cleanup surgery, but Minasian said the 24-year-old right-hander is "feeling good" here in early December. Minasian also added that the Angels view Bachman as a starter long term despite having him debut in relief this past summer.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Undergoes shoulder surgery

    Bachman recently underwent cleanup surgery on his right shoulder, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    The belief is that he will be ready for the beginning of spring training in February. Bachman, 24, posted an encouraging 3.18 ERA with 14 strikeouts over his first 17 major-league innings this season for the Angels before being shut down in mid-July due to nagging shoulder issues.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Shut down from throwing program

    Angels manager Phil Nevin said Sept. 2 that Bachman had his throwing program shut down due to a setback with his inflamed right shoulder, MLB.com reports.

    Bachman had been shut down coming out of the All-Star break due to the shoulder issue before being cleared to throw at some point in August. Nevin noted that the Angels had been eyeing a mid-September return for Bachman, but the 23-year-old right-hander now appears poised to finish the 2023 campaign on the shelf in light of his recent shutdown. The skipper said that he isn't "too alarmed" about Bachman's injury, so the expectation is that he'll be a full participant for spring training.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Moved to 60-day IL

    Bachman (shoulder) was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day injured list early in the week, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    Bachman was diagnosed with right shoulder inflammation in mid-July and was subsequently placed on the 15-day IL. Per MLB.com, the rookie right-hander had not yet resumed throwing at the time he was moved to the 60-day IL on Aug. 1. Bachman will now be out of action until at least mid-September.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: To 15-day IL

    Bachman was placed on the 15-day injured list Friday with right shoulder inflammation.

    Bachman had given up five earned runs while allowing 11 hits and three walks over his last five innings (four appearances). Matt Moore was reinstated in a corresponding move.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Notches first big-league save

    Bachman earned a save against the Royals on Friday, striking out two batters in two perfect innings.

    Patrick Sandoval held KC scoreless over seven frames, and Bachman continued the shutout by retiring all three batters he faced in the eighth. Rather than turn to closer Carlos Estevez, who walked all three batters he faced the previous night, Angels manager Phil Nevin allowed Bachman to finish things out in the ninth with Los Angeles holding a 3-0 lead. The rookie succeeded with ease, retiring the side in order on 14 pitches. Bachman has allowed just one run over 12 innings as a major leaguer thus far, though his 10:8 K:BB suggests he's benefitted from some good fortune. Nonetheless, he may be moving up in the bullpen pecking order given his propensity for keeping runs off the board so far.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Scoops up win in relief

    Bachman was credited with his first MLB win in Monday's 9-6 victory over the Rangers in 12 innings after striking out one while giving up one hit and walking one in two scoreless frames out of the bullpen.

    The Angels likely aren't ready to pull the plug on developing Bachman as a starter, but he's quickly become an integral member of the bullpen since being called up from Double-A Rocket City in late May for his MLB debut. In six outings in relief, Bachman has compiled a 0.90 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 8:8 K:BB in 10 innings. The poor WHIP and strikeout-to-walk ratio are warning signs that Bachman may be pitching over his head, but he could end up seeing more opportunities in higher-leverage spots nonetheless while the Angels are without two key late-innings arms in Ben Joyce (elbow) and Matt Moore (oblique).

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Fans four in big-league debut

    Bachman tossed two innings against Miami on Friday, allowing one run on four hits and two walks while striking out four batters.

    It was a mixed bag for Bachman in his first major-league outing -- he threw just 26 of 47 pitches for strikes and allowed three baserunners in each of his two frames, though the Marlins posted only one run on him. The right-hander also impressed with four punchouts while throwing his fastball in the high-90s. Bachman started in all 23 of his minor-league appearances after being a first-round draft pick by the Angels in 2021, but he's expected to work out of the bullpen during his initial stint in the majors.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Selected from Double-A

    The Angels selected Bachman from Double-A Rocket City on Friday.

    The 23-year-old righty has has trouble finding the strike zone consistently at Double-A, but he will join the Angels' bullpen nonetheless, likely in a multi-inning role. Reyes Moronta was designated for assignment Friday in order to make room for Bachman on the active roster.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Coming up from Double-A

    Bachman is expected to be called up from Double-A Rocket City by the Angels on Thursday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.

    The 2021 first-round pick has flashed big stuff when healthy, but his results this season with Rocket City haven't been good, particularly over his last four starts with a 9.19 ERA and 13:17 K:BB over 15.2 innings. Sam Blum of The Athletic reports that the Angels plan to use Bachman out of the bullpen.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Reassigned to minors camp

    Bachman was reassigned Friday to the minor-league side of Angels camp.

    Bachman battled some general soreness earlier this month, but he seems to be past it now. The 2021 first-round pick is likely to begin the 2023 campaign in a starting role at Double-A Rocket City.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Slated to pitch Friday

    Bachman (general soreness) is slated to make a Cactus League appearance Friday, Taylor Blake Ward of The Sporting Tribune reports.

    Bachman has been held out of game action since February because of general soreness, but he appears ready to roll. The 2021 first-round pick appears ticketed for the Double-A Rocket City rotation to start 2023.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Throws another bullpen session

    Bachman (general soreness) made it through another successful bullpen session Friday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

    Bachman has been held out of Cactus League action over the last two weeks due to general soreness, but it sounds like he should now get the go-ahead to return to live competition. The 23-year-old right-hander is likely to begin the 2023 season back at Double-A Rocket City.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Throwing bullpen Wednesday

    Angels manager Phil Nevin said Bachman (general soreness) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    Bachman hasn't pitched in a Cactus League game since Feb. 26, but Nevin said that the right-hander has since been cleared to return to action and is likely to pitch in at least one more exhibition before heading to minor-league camp. After logging a 3.92 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 30:25 K:BB in 12 starts for Double-A Rocket City in 2022, Bachman could be headed for a return trip to the Southern League to begin the 2023 campaign.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Still seen as starter

    The Angels remain committed to having Bachman stretch out as a starter, though manager Phil Nevin has indicated that the hurler could initially be used as a one-inning reliever in the majors, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.

    Bachman was hampered by injuries to his back and biceps last season. limiting him to just 43.2 innings in Double-A ball and significantly impacting his velocity. However, the 23-year-old is reportedly throwing harder this spring, and he was drafted ninth overall in 2021 largely due to his penchant for hurling heat. That skill could help him fare well as a late-inning reliever, and Nevin hinted at a scenario in which a call-up could be in order if the team needs a hard-throwing pitcher out of the bullpen down the stretch in a playoff race. While such a circumstance could help Bachman reach the majors in 2023, all indications are that the organization has maintained a long-term goal of developing him as a future piece of the rotation.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Velocity returning

    Bachman (back/biceps) has his fastball velocity up in the mid-to-high 90s this spring, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.

    Bachman was touted as a triple-digits flamethrower when the Angels made him a top-10 pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, but he was forced to alter his mechanics last year in the minors due to back and biceps injuries, and his radar-gun readings dipped as low as 91 mph. He's healthier now and beginning to regain the form he showed at Miami of Ohio University. The 23-year-old right-hander could reach the MLB level at some point in 2023 if he continues to make encouraging strides.

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  • Angels' Sam Bachman: Activated from minor-league IL

    Bachman (bicep) was activated from the minor-league injured list July 23, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.

    The 2021 first-round draft pick was sidelined for nearly two months with a biceps issue, but he has since been able to return to game action. Bachman has logged two short starts since his activation, allowing one run over 5.1 innings while posting an 8:3 K:BB. The 22-year-old has impressed with a 1.89 ERA over 19 Double-A innings on the season, though his 5.2 BB/9 is problematic.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 235 lbs
Birthplace: Indianapolis, IN
Age: 24
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: R, R