Andrew Heaney to Miss The Entire 2017 Season

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Updated: February 19, 2017

The good news for Angels fans is that Garrett Richards will be back in 2017. The bad news is that Andrew Heaney will miss all of 2017 season after having Tommy John surgery.

The Angels received news earlier in the week that 25-year-old starter Andrew Heaney will likely miss all of the 2017 season. Heaney is recovering from Tommy John surgery and will not be ready to pitch this year. He pitched in just one game last season, before he was shut down for the year.

This is not completely shocking news as the Angels expected Heaney to miss most of 2017. Both Heaney and Nick Tropeano are recovering from Tommy John surgery. Luckily the Halos have added depth in case neither pitcher can return in 2017.

Richards and Tyler Skaggs will both hopefully be ready for Opening Day. Starter Matt Shoemaker is healthy and preparing for the regular season. The Angels will at least get three injured starters from last season back in 2017. Plus they have Ricky Nolasco along with plenty of other veterans to fill the rotation.

The Angels fully expect Heaney to recover from TJ and be ready for the 2018 season. A former 1st round pick, but he hasn’t received an opportunity to show his full potential. The Miami Marlins drafted Heaney in 2009, and he was traded to the Angels in 2014.

Heaney saw half a season in 2015, going 6-4 3.49 ERA in 18 starts with the Halos. Many scouts and experts believed he could be an ace, but injuries have made it impossible to get a full look at Heaney. Hopefully he recovers and is ready for Opening Day in 2018.

 

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