Heaney (elbow) will open the season on the injured list, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Heaney was shut down from throwing last week due to irritation in his left elbow, and while he's scheduled to resume throwing Sunday, there simply isn't enough time for the southpaw to get back up to speed before the start of the season. With Heaney slated to open the year on the shelf, Jaime Barria and Felix Pena will both likely break camp in the Angels' rotation.
Heaney has been shut down from throwing due to irritation in his left elbow, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. The MRI didn't show significant damage, but manager Brad Ausmus admitted Heaney might not be ready for Opening Day. He started last season on the shelf with a similar issue and was still able to have a very effective season, but it is certainly troubling that the same elbow that gave him trouble earlier in camp this year is once again an issue.
Heaney was pulled after recording just two outs Friday against the White Sox, but he said afterward that his elbow felt fine, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. Manager Brad Ausmus decided not to let Heaney complete the inning, as he had grown concerned about the lefty's pitch count (25). Heaney said he was "never really quite comfortable" during the outing, but he threw an additional 20 pitches in the bullpen after leaving the game, and it sounds like he will continue on his normal pitching schedule moving forward. Heaney was pushed back earlier in the month due to left elbow inflammation.
Heaney (elbow) is starting Friday's spring game against the White Sox, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. Heaney's successful bullpen session earlier this week cleared his return to game action from left elbow inflammation. The elbow issue pushed back the 27-year-old's pitching schedule a few days, but barring any setbacks shouldn't impact his availability for Opening Day.
Manager Brad Ausmus said Heaney's (elbow) bullpen session Monday went well, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. Heaney, who was scratched from his previous start due to left elbow inflammation, is on track to rejoin the rotation Friday against the White Sox after getting through Monday's 30-pitch bullpen with no issues. The Angels will likely still wait and see how the southpaw feels in the coming days before confirming his return, but he's certainly trending in the right direction. Assuming Heaney is cleared to take the mound Friday, he should still have plenty of time to get up to speed before Opening Day.