Welcome to the 2016 edition of the Angels Insiders column at LA Angels Insider. Amd for our first thread we have another starting pitcher biting the dust, another called up, and another trying to recapture his form:
- Andrew Heaney was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday following tests that had us a bit scared. The young lefty’s velocity fell quickly in his Tuesday night start against the Chicago Cubs, dropping from 92-94 MPH in the first inning to about 89-90 MPH by the fourth inning. Mike Scioscia took Heaney out of the game and had tests run after the starter complained of soreness in his left forearm, usually a precursor to Tommy Johm Surgery. But it turned out to be just a muscle strain. And although it’s a relief to hear muscle and not tendon, another starting pitcher has gone down to injury.
- Heaney will join other lefties C.J. Wilson (shoulder) and Tyler Skaggs (TJ Surgery) on the DL.
- To replace Heaney, the Halos called up young right-hander Nick Tropeano. The Halos actually have nine starters on their depth chart, and have already lost a third of that depth either to injuries or pitchers nearing the end of recovery. But one thing is certain, and that this is a situation that screams the importance of having depth in a rotation, and especially not trading young starting pitching away.
- Jered Weaver is determined to return to his former self. After hearing many discouraging quotes about his loss on velocity, and that he may be done, the former ace is working hard on strength and endurance drills to regain some zip on his fastball. Weave did say that his fastball reached 86 MPH during a recent simulated game. However, the full details of the radar gun are yet to be revealed. Weaver is set to start on Sunday against the Texas Rangers.