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Shoemaker released from Seattle hospital

Angels' injured starter could return home Wednesday
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OAKLAND -- The best news of the day was the release of pitcher Matt Shoemaker from a Seattle hospital, where he's been since getting hit on the head by a line drive and subsequently undergoing emergency surgery.

Shoemaker will stay in Seattle at least one more night and could return to Southern California as early as Wednesday . The Angels open a homestand Friday night against the Rangers.

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OAKLAND -- The best news of the day was the release of pitcher Matt Shoemaker from a Seattle hospital, where he's been since getting hit on the head by a line drive and subsequently undergoing emergency surgery.

Shoemaker will stay in Seattle at least one more night and could return to Southern California as early as Wednesday . The Angels open a homestand Friday night against the Rangers.

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"Shoe is a good friend and I've texted him," outfielder Mike Trout said. "He says he's doing good. I'm glad he's returning to us."

Tweet from @DanielleMShoe: Cannot wait to get my husband home with us �� https://t.co/TVUVZ1a1mT

Replacing him in the starting rotation is not so obvious. Manager Mike Scioscia said the candidates include right-handers Jhoulys Chacin and Daniel Wright and left-hander Brett Oberholtzer.

Angels GM Billy Eppler said there were no plans to add anyone else to the roster, which means right-hander Tim Lincecum is not a candidate.

"There's no doubt he still has the makings of a Major League pitcher," Scioscia said of Lincecum.

Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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