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Ramirez doubtful for next scheduled start

Right-hander left Saturday with forearm irritation
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BALTIMORE -- JC Ramirez is "doubtful" for his next scheduled start after leaving Saturday's outing with right forearm irritation, Angels manager Mike Scoiscia said Sunday.

Los Angeles evened the three-game series against the Orioles with Saturday's 5-1 win. Ramirez (11-10) earned the victory with one run allowed and five hits over 5 2/3 innings, but he left in the sixth.

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BALTIMORE -- JC Ramirez is "doubtful" for his next scheduled start after leaving Saturday's outing with right forearm irritation, Angels manager Mike Scoiscia said Sunday.

Los Angeles evened the three-game series against the Orioles with Saturday's 5-1 win. Ramirez (11-10) earned the victory with one run allowed and five hits over 5 2/3 innings, but he left in the sixth.

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"Feels a little bit better today, which is a good sign," Scoiscia said. "We'll get it evaluated [Monday] and have a determination on what exactly we're dealing with."

For now the Angels won't push Ramirez and hope the injury is just "an irritation."

Scoiscia said there are a few options to replace Ramirez when his rotation spot comes during the four-game home series against Texas, but he passed on divulging specific details. Ramirez is 2-1 with a 3.51 ERA in four August starts.

Worth noting

• Outfielder Cameron Maybin (right knee stiffness) remains out the lineup for a third straight game.

"We're going to give him one more day, and hopefully he'll be ready if we need him today for some reason," Scoiscia said.

• Pitcher Garrett Richards (right biceps strain) will have a throwing session Sunday as the right-hander makes strides to rejoining the Angels this season. Richards only made one start this season back in April, and hope remains that he could return for the heat of the pennant race. Scoiscia said it's not realistic that Richards gets stretched out beyond 70 pitches, "but if he gets to 60 pitches [we] might use him to help our rotation."

• Pitcher Alex Meyer, on the DL since July 24 with right shoulder inflammation, began playing catch, Scoiscia said.

Ben Standig is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Angels on Sunday.

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