The team's top pitching prospect, Heaney has allowed 13 earned runs in 14.0 innings (8.36 ERA) in four starts this spring.
The Angels are expected to open the season with a four-man rotation that will included
"One of the things is, a lot of guys who are playing well, it might come down to what the fit is on the team. So there's a couple different ways," Scioscia said. "There's some things that might happen that might affect somebody's standing on the team in a positive or negative way, just to get the whole roster to be as deep as you can."
"Out of the three starts I've made, today was the best I've felt stuff-wise, by far," Heaney said after the outing, per MLB.com. "Yeah, it's a little frustrating to feel like I have my best stuff and have the results turn out like that, but we'll see what happens in five days."
Manager Mike Scioscia agreed that Heaney's best start came Thursday.
"If you look at the linescore, it's not a good outing," Scioscia said. "But I think if you look at the adjustments and his stuff, we were excited, especially with how he finished."
Heaney had allowed just three runs in six innings in his previous two outings, but Thursday's struggled give him an 8.68 ERA and 8:5 K:BB ratio in 9 1/3 spring innings. Acquired this offseason in exchange for second baseman Howie Kendrick, Heaney may be headed to Triple-A to begin the season.
"It's never fun to give up three singles in a row to start the game and then to have [Adam LaRoche] come to the plate, who, I've probably faced five-six times and he's probably got four hits off me," Heaney said. "So a guy that I'm not very comfortable facing, but working out of jams is big. You're going to get into trouble and you've got to be able to limit the damage, and for the most part, I feel like I did that today."
Heaney has found himself getting behind in the count a lot in his appearance and labored through multiple batters.
"I think he gave some counts away but all in all, you could just see the ball coming out live," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He threw a couple good sliders -- one to LaRoche to strike him out earlier and showed a good changeup. Like most young pitchers, getting their feet on the ground and commanding both sides of the plate. Command counts. He'll get better as it goes on."
The Dodgers acquired Heaney earlier on Wednesday in a six player deal with Miami. Once that trade was processed, the team dealt the 23-year-old pitcher to the Angels for Kendrick. Kendrick, 31, hit .293/.347/.397 over 617 at-bats last year. Kendrick is owed just under $10 million, and is entering the final year of his contract.
Heaney appeared in seven games for the Marlins last year, including five starts. He posted a 5.83 ERA over 29 1/3 innings. He was considered a top-20 prospect entering last season, according to MLB.com.
The 26-year-old Gordon hit .289/.326/.378 over 609 at-bats last season. Gordon is entering his first season of arbitration, and wouldn't become a free-agent until after the 2019 season. The 23-year-old Heaney got his first taste of the majors last year. He posted a 5.83 ERA over seven appearances. Heaney made five starts. It's possible other players are involved in the trade discussions.
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