Andrew Heaney was in prime position to be a cog in the Angels rotation heading into 2016. He was a rock as a major league starter the season before, posting a 3.49 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 18 starts with Anaheim, leading many to believe that his solid control would help vault him into the third or fourth spot in the rotation. All those auspicious plans came to a halt after just one start, when the left-hander left an April game with forearm tightness. Although it was not initially diagnosed as such, Heaney did in fact have a damaged UCL and ended up undergoing Tommy John surgery in July. Given the timing of the operation, there's a good chance that the 25-year-old won't be game-ready during the 2017 campaign, meaning that fantasy owners can likely wait on him until August or September in case he makes a speedy recovery. In all likelihood, though, Heaney probably won't be back to his full role until the 2018 season.
The Angels have not wavered on their stance of holding Heaney (elbow) out for the entire 2017 season, the Orange County Register reports. Heaney underwent Tommy John surgery last July, so a return this season wouldn't have come until the second half of the season at the earliest. He showed promise in his first full season with the Angels back in 2015, posting a 3.49 ERA over 18 starts. Given how shallow the Angels' pitching pool is, it makes sense that they want to take extra precaution with one of their younger arms and hold him out until next season.
Heaney (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. A follow-up exam this week showed that Heaney's elbow has not improved in the two months since he received stem-cell treatment, and thus the decision was made to send him for reconstructive surgery. Considering where we're at in the season and the fact that recovery from Tommy John surgery typically takes more than a calendar year, it seems likely Heaney will remain out through the 2017 campaign.
Heaney underwent an evaluation Monday and found no improvement in his injured elbow, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports. Heaney will be evaluated in two weeks, but it's getting harder and harder to imagine his UCL will heal up enough on its own for him to avoid Tommy John surgery. Even if he is able to return without surgery, this delay pushes his earliest possible return deeper into the season, as he may not be able to return until August in even the best possible case at this point.
Heaney underwent an ultrasound on his UCL and was told it is healing, however he is still unsure of when he will resume throwing, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports. Heaney landed on the disabled list in early April due to his damaged UCL tendon in his elbow. His progress is encouraging but he'll need progress in order to avoid Tommy John surgery completely.
Heaney is dealing with a damaged UCL in his left elbow but is hoping to avoid Tommy John surgery, Yahoo! Sports reports. Heaney has made minimal progress since landing on the disabled list in early April with an elbow injury, and the latest report indicates he may be dealing with more than just a minor setback. Heaney figures to continue rehabbing his elbow as long as he can, but if he does not show improvement in the near future, the Angels could decide to send him under the knife.