Tommy John surgery in July of 2016 kept Heaney out until August of last season, but he ended up making five starts for the Angels before a shoulder impingement ended his season in mid-September. The 26-year-old struggled to keep the ball in the yard when he did pitch, allowing 12 homers in just 21.2 innings and finishing the season with an unsightly 7.06 ERA. Heaney did strike out an impressive 27 batters during that stretch. He's expected to be healthy heading into spring training and will be a strong candidate to fill a starting role for Los Angeles next season. The last time the southpaw was injury-free, he posted a 3.49 ERA across 18 starts (105.2 innings) in 2015.
Manager Mike Scioscia said Heaney (shoulder) won't make another start before the end of the season, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Heaney was going to start Thursday if the Angels were still in playoff contention, but that's no longer the case after Wednesday's loss to the White Sox, so Bud Norris will get the ball instead. Scioscia noted Heaney is healthy enough to make the start, but the team doesn't want to push it now that they're simply playing out the string.
Heaney (shoulder) could start Thursday's game against the White Sox, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Heaney has been sidelined since Sept. 9 with an impingement in his shoulder. He was able to complete a bullpen session with no issues Tuesday, and if the Angels aren't eliminated from the playoffs come Thursday, they'll send Heaney out for the start. If either the Angels lose or the Twins win, thus eliminating Los Angeles from the playoff picture, Bud Norris will toe the rubber for the Angels.
Heaney (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and said afterward that it went well, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
He has been out for more than two weeks with an impingement in his shoulder. It sounds like Heaney wants to start another game before the end of the season, and Tuesday's activity was step toward achieving that goal, but there is currently no set date for his return to action. The lefty has really struggled with the long ball this season, giving up 12 homers in just 21.2 innings with the big club.
Heaney (shoulder) was able to play catch for the second time this week, but may not have enough time to come back this season, Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group reports.
Heaney continues to work back from a minor impingement in his shoulder, which can be traced back to his outing against Mariners on Sept. 9. Although the left-hander is feeling optimistic about his injury, the clock is dwindling on the 2017 season, and there may not be enough time to get him back into the fold. At this moment, the club has yet to release any sort of timetable for his return, but it's likely that he will need to take the next step and toss a bullpen in the immediate future if there's any chance for a comeback this year.
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