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Monday, March 09, 2020

Angels tab Heaney for first Opening Day start

PHOENIX—As the longest tenured member of the Angels’ rotation, left-hander Andrew Heaney will be rewarded with his first career Opening Day start, manager Joe Maddon announced on Sunday. The Angels open against the Astros at Minute Maid Park on March 26.

Heaney, 28, has been with the Angels since 2015, but he has never had the honor of starting the regular-season opener, as he hasn’t been healthy to start a regular season since ‘16. Heaney only made one start that season before undergoing Tommy John surgery.

“I’ve worked really hard to put myself in that position and it’s pretty cool,” Heaney said. “As a starting pitcher, your goal is to not only make the team, but to take the ball Opening Day.”

Heaney was a candidate to be the club’s Opening Day starter in 2019, but he opened the season on the injured list with left elbow irritation, and he didn’t make his first start until May 26. Heaney made 18 starts in ‘19, posting a 4.91 ERA with 118 strikeouts, 30 walks and 20 homers allowed in 95 1/3 innings, while also missing time with left shoulder irritation. So for Heaney, it means a lot to be healthy this season.



QLE Posted: March 09, 2020 at 12:32 AM | 4 comment(s)
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