The Angels are set to bring Andrew Heaney back from the injured list on Saturday to start that day’s game against the Red Sox. (MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger was among those to report the news.) Heaney has been sidelined with shoulder inflammation for a little more than three weeks, as per a retroactive IL placement for July 17.
Between this injury and an elbow issue that kept him from debuting until May 26, Heaney has been limited to just 46 innings this season. The southpaw has a 5.09 ERA over that brief stretch, as his career-long problems with home runs have again surfaced — Heaney has surrendered nine big flies. The home runs have obscured some otherwise decent numbers, as he has a 10.6 K/9, 2.84 K/BB rate this year.
2018 marked the first full and healthy season of Heaney’s career, as he pitched 180 innings after missing virtually all of 2016 and 2017 due to Tommy John surgery. A return to that 2018 performance (4.15 ERA, 4.00 K/BB rate, 9.00 K/9, albeit with a 1.4 HR.9) would be a big help for an Angels team that has been desperate for any type of consistent starting pitching.
A strong finish to his 2019 campaign would also allow Heaney to get a bigger raise on his $3.4MM salary from this season. As a Super Two player, Heaney is eligible for arbitration two more times before hitting the free agent market after the 2021 season.