Andrew Heaney injury update: Angels lefty (elbow) shut down, questionable for start of season
Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney has been shut down from throwing because of continued soreness in his elbow, making his status for the start of the regular season uncertain.
“It’s still really early and they want to be cautious and I do too,” Heaney said Wednesday (via the Orange County Register). “I understand. It sucks. I’m frustrated, but it’s something we have to take care of now.”
Heaney, who had Tommy John surgery in 2017, experienced a similar problem last spring and was shut down a few days. He made his first regular-season start April 13 and didn’t miss a turn in the rotation the rest of the season, throwing a team-high 180 innings while going 9-10 with a 4.15 ERA.
Heaney was scratched from a March 3 start but didn’t stop throwing then returned to pitch Friday and had no problems, but the soreness returned in the days afterward.
“I thought we had it nipped in the bud,” he said. “It wasn’t. It flared back up.”
Heaney, 27, underwent an MRI that “didn’t show anything new,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “We’re not concerned in that regard … (but) it’s a little bit concerning. We still don’t think it’s anything long-term, but we want his elbow to be 100 percent before we start taxing it again.”
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According to the Register, if Heaney can’t start the season in the rotation, the Angels likely would turn to left-hander Dillon Peters or right-hander Felix Pena.
Both have been impressive early in camp. Peters, scheduled to start Friday, has allowed one earned run in 10 innings. Pena, touched for two runs and the loss Wednesday against the Padres, has allowed four runs in 11 1/3 innings.
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