Angels lefty Andrew Heaney is headed for a medical examination after experiencing elbow discomfort, as MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger was among those to report (Twitter links). He had been working back from elbow problems this spring.
This is hardly the news the Halos hoped for out of a key member of their staff. The 27-year-old finally turned in a full MLB campaign last year, working to a 4.15 ERA in 180 frames, after missing almost all of the prior two seasons with elbow problems.
Heaney will undergo imaging on his surgically repaired left elbow, GM Billy Eppler notes. The hope will obviously be that all the structural elements — in particular, his replacement ulnar collateral ligament — are in good working order.
Regardless of the outcome of the examination, it seems that Heaney’s timeline will likely be pushed back. He never really got going in camp and will need to be brought along with care.