The Angels have already started the season on the wrong foot, and they may be losing their number two pitcher for a decent amount of time.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim announced Wednesday that they placed left-handed starter Andrew Heaney on the 15-day DL. Heaney landed on the DL due to a strain in his left flexor muscle.
Heaney’s pitches appeared to drop in velocity in his previous outing against the Chicago Cubs. Leaving many to wonder if Heaney had experienced any sort of injury or discomfort.
The Angels are already banged up at the starter position with C.J. Wilson on the DL, Jered Weaver with his back and spine issues and Tyler Skaggs still making a recovery from Tommy John Surgery. Now with Heaney on the DL the Angels will likely need Nick Tropeano to step up for the club. Heaney was scheduled to pitch Monday against the Oakland Athletics.
The initial injury announcement left many questioning if this injury would subsequently lead to Tommy John Surgery. But according to Angels’ beat writer Alden Gonzalez, their doesn’t seem to be any issues with Heaney’s UCL.
Nonetheless with Heaney on the DL and the Angels’ two losses to the Cubs, it sure hasn’t been the start the Angels were looking for.