Andrew Heaney Injury: Updates on Angels Pitcher's Flexor and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
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The Los Angeles Angels announced Wednesday they placed starting pitcher Andrew Heaney on the 15-day disabled list with a left flexor muscle strain.

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Heaney's Injury Adds to Angels' Injury Woes

Wednesday, April 6

Heaney is one day removed from pitching six innings in a 6-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. The left-hander allowed four earned runs on seven hits and struck out seven.

The team revealed the 24-year-old "complained of tightness in his left forearm," per Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. The Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher is worried the injury might be the start of a larger problem:

Jeff Fletcher @JeffFletcherOCR

The Angels placed Andrew Heaney on the DL with a left flexor muscle strain. His velo dipped last night and he couldn't explain it. Ominous

According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the issue may not prove to be serious:

Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

Heaney to #Angels’ DL with flexor muscle strain in left arm. Ligament said to be sound. Issue is with muscle. For now, no threat of TJ.

Heaney joins fellow left-hander C.J. Wilson, who's dealing with a sore shoulder, on the DL. The Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna is worried about what Heaney's absence will do to the team:

Mike DiGiovanna @MikeDiGiovanna

This is definitely not good for #Angels, who are already 0-2 and thin in rotation depth. Heaney one of their best. https://t.co/L88fH8WEcy

According to Baseball Prospectus, PECOTA projects Los Angeles to be the worst team in the American League West, and it isn't hard to see why. The front office has failed to surround Mike Trout with a competent supporting cast or build a strong rotation.

The Angels can ill afford to lose a starting pitcher, especially one of Heaney's caliber. Beyond he and Garrett Richards, their rotation is extremely shaky, even with Jered Weaver likely to return by the end of the week, per Gonzalez.


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